GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Some local students are heading back to school Monday morning, launching the first class at Pitt County Schools’ new Early College High School.
Incoming high school students now have the chance to get a jump start on their career through this program.
Monday morning, 75 freshman will step foot on campus, making history as the first class of the Early College High School.
The school focuses on science, technology, engineering and math. It’s designed to give students a high school diploma, a two year degree, or two years of college transfer credit for free.
The principal tells us they hand-selected students through an extensive application process, starting with 237 applicants.
Incoming ninth grader Alejandro Meza tells us this will give him a unique leg up.
“It’s going to make a school year shorter, so I can focus more on my career – like I want to be in law enforcement, so that’s an extra two years that I can study and get my job faster,” Meza said.
Each year, they’ll invite 75 more students to attend the school.
The Early College High School is a partnership between Pitt County Schools and Pitt Community College.