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NEWS RELEASES 2007-08

NEWS RELEASES 2007-08 :: NOVEMBER 14, 2007

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS OFFERED ONLINE COLLEGE COURSES;
COURSES OFFERED FREE OF CHARGE TO STUDENTS

High school students at more than 275 North Carolina public high schools now can register to take online college courses at their high schools through a special program initiated in 2007. Learn and Earn Online is a partnership of the Governor's Office, the General Assembly, the NC Department of Public Instruction, the University of North Carolina and the Department of Community Colleges. The program provides students with the opportunity to complete college credits during their high school careers.

Through Learn and Earn Online, students can take a variety of online college credit courses at no cost to them or to their families. In order to participate, students must meet the course prerequisites set by the participating community colleges or by UNC-Greensboro online. Access to these courses is provided during the regular school day with online course facilitators to assist students with this online learning opportunity.

Currently, 277 regular public and charter schools participate in Learn and Earn Online. It is expected that by fall 2008 all high schools in the state will have the technology needed to participate providing as many as 40,000 enrollments. Schools do not have to participate in the Learn and Earn high school program, which provides a combination of high school and associate's degree programming within the high school regular school curriculum, in order to participate in Learn and Earn Online.

"Learn and Earn Online is a tremendous opportunity," said State Superintendent June Atkinson. "I hope that all high schools will consider doing whatever it takes to participate in this program, and I encourage students to see this as a way to stretch their learning and receive both college and high school credits at the same time."

Complete details of the Learn and Earn Online program, including a list of participating high schools, are available online at www.ncpublicschools.org/learnandearnonline. This site also includes links to the university system and community college course selections, include prerequisites.

In addition to Learn and Earn Online, 41 high schools in North Carolina also offer Learn and Earn programs, providing the opportunity to earn an associate's degree or up to 2 years of college credit in return for a fifth year of high school. To learn more about this program, please visit www.nclearnandearn.gov.

For more information on Learn and Earn Online, please contact the NCDPI Communications division at 919.807.3450.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 107 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.


For more information:
NCDPI Communications and Information, 919.807.3450.