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GRADUATES ENJOY EARLY SUMMER BREAK
Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

LENOIR - Faculty and staff at the Caldwell Early College High School and the Caldwell Career Center Middle College have said their goodbyes to graduates and have already started preparing student schedules for next school year, since both schools operate on a modified Caldwell County School System calendar to reflect the mission and customized offerings of school curriculum.

The inaugural graduation of Caldwell Early College High School was held on the last day of school, May 24, at the JE Broyhill Civic Center when 66 super seniors, or 5th year students, were seated on stage and enjoying the spotlight during the graduation ceremony as officials from both the Caldwell County School System and Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute beamed over the accomplishments of this class. 

The CECH Class of 2011 earned 3,631 college credits, performed 7,500 community service hours and participated in more than 100 field trips. In addition, this class has a 98.5 percent graduation rate and 54 of the 66 graduates will have the opportunity to be first generation college graduates. Fifty percent or  33 of the 66 graduates not only received their high school diploma, but also received their Associate's Degree from CCC&TI. Of the students not receiving their Associate's Degree, 17 earned more than 30 college credit hours.

The following evening the Caldwell Career Center Middle College held its graduation ceremony. Principal Bill Schreiber congratulated each of the 24 graduates, with 83 percent intending to complete post-secondary studies at Caldwell Community College. This group began at the Caldwell Career Center Middle College two years ago, and within that time frame, earned 443 college credits, an average of 18.45 college credit hours per student.

Hibriten High, South Caldwell and West Caldwell graduations are scheduled Friday, June 10, 2011 at 7:00 pm. Both Caldwell Early College High School and Caldwell Career Center Middle College students will return to school on August 9, 12 days before the start date for all other students.

 About Caldwell Early College High School 

The Caldwell Early College High School opened in 2006 as a collaborative effort between the Caldwell County Schools and Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute. It is one of 60 early college high schools located on the campuses of two- and four-year colleges and universities across North Carolina.  Students enrolled in the Caldwell Early College High School can earn a high school diploma and two years of transferable college credit or an associate degree at the end of five years. 

About the Caldwell Career Center Middle College

The Caldwell Career Center Middle College is a magnet high school located on the campus of Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute. The school opened in 1999 as a half-day program teaching specific career-technical courses directly tied to the local and regional economy. When it opened, the Career Center was the first high school in North Carolina on a college campus. In the fall of 2006, the Caldwell Career Center Middle College became a full-day program, where high school students complete their course of study, declare a technical major earn national industry standard credentials, prepare for postsecondary study, and graduate high school in four years with a diploma and as much as one year of college credit toward their two-year degree.

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