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BCC to join Investing in Rural Education program with Bladen Schools

Bladen Community College is expected to become a partner with Bladen County Schools and N.C. New Schools as part of the Investing in Rural Education program during an event Thursday morning at the Board of Education meeting.

The program gives students the opportunity to enroll in college courses and earn college credit while in high school. Bladen County has 190 students enrolled in the N.C. New Schools program through East Carolina University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Bladen County Schools Superintendent Dr. Robert Taylor, Bladen Community College President Dr. William Findt, and Dr. Dennis Davis, who is executive director of the N.C. New Schools Investing in Rural Education program, along with other Bladen County school officials, will attend Thursday's event, which is scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m.

Through the North Carolina Investing in Rural Innovative Schools initiative, N.C. New Schools is working with partners to increase college access for students. Launched in 2012, the $16.5 million program is supported by a five-year $15 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Investing in Innovation initiative with matched private donations of $1.5 million.

N.C. New Schools is joined by several partners, including the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, the N.C. Community College System, and 11 rural school districts across the state. Each participating school in Alleghany, Beaufort, Bladen, Hertford, Jones, Madison, Martin, Rutherford, Surry, Warren and Yancey counties will receive three years of service.

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