Polk County Early College is located in Columbus, North Carolina in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
The Early College program began in the fall of 2007 and was a project of North Carolina Governor, Mike Easley. The college was the first virtual early college in the state, and it is partially funded by the Bill and MeLinda Gates Foundation. Polk County Early College now serves our students with face to face instruction in a classroom.
The Polk County Early College is a Learn and Earn School in which students earn college credits while in high school. The Early College is a partner with Isothermal Community College and with the North Carolina Virtual Public School. We started in a small classroom at Polk County High with a few students but we have grown and have moved into our own building that includes the main area for students cubicles, classrooms, and a science lab.
IS INDEPENDENT LEARNING FOR YOU?
√ Do you like to complete your assignments on the computer?
√ Are you self-motivated?
√ Are you an independent learner who likes to learn at your own pace?
√ Do you like to have flexibility in your use of time?
√ If there were no bells to begin and end class, would you be committed to learning online?
√ Do you have good communication and reading skills?
√ Do you want to take Latin, French, German, or Chinese?
√ Do you have a strong personal commitment to learning?
√ Do you want to accelerate your learning?
√ Do you want to earn college credits while you are in high school?
If you answered “yes” to the questions above then you are a good candidate for Polk County Early College
Please contact Mary Greene for an application at
828-894-2698 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Associate in Arts Degree
It’s a result of a joint program between our PCEC, Isothermal Community College, and North Carolina’s New Schools Project. Students will take college courses in order to work towards an associates degree.
Small Classes which means more personalized teaching. Two years of tuition-free college.
Academically aggressive individuals and interested lifelong learners.
Students are enrolled in college courses and take dual enrollment classes for both high school and college credits.
*You can obtain this information from your child’s middle school/high school counselor.