Education Secretary Arne Duncan at UNCG forum Nov. 6

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will hear directly from North Carolina high school students this week during a visit to learn about the state’s innovative approach to strengthen college and career readiness in rural communities with strategies adopted from the state’s successful early college high school initiative.

The panel discussion will be held Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, 10:40-11:35 a.m. in Cone Ballroom of UNCG’s Elliott University Center.

The event is open to all students, faculty, staff and the greater Greensboro community.


Panelists for the discussion include:

  • Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education
  • Tony Habit, President, North Carolina New Schools
  • James M. Eddy, Interim Dean, UNCG Division of Continual Learning
  • Students participating in the North Carolina Rural Innovative Schools Student Program

Students from the 18 traditional schools across the state that are part of the NC New Schools-led effort will also take a campus tour.

The rural schools initiative, funded with a $15 million federal Investing in Innovation grant and $1.5 million in private donations, is aimed at exposing all students in each of the high schools to a college-ready culture and creating new opportunities for all students to graduate with some college credit. Students in the schools have the opportunity to earn as many as 21 college credits – tuition free – by graduation through local community colleges and online courses offered by the UNCG iSchool and the East Carolina University Second Life virtual education program.

Reposted from Campus Weekly

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