SCC is proud to be partners with and serve three Early College High Schools in both Jackson and Macon counties:
Blue Ridge Virtual Early College - Located at Blue Ridge School in Cashiers
For more information, please contact BRVEC Liaison Teri Walawender at 828.743.2646 ext. 268 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also contact BRVEC Guidance Counselor Phillip Waalkes at 828.743.2646 ext. 223 or email@example.com
Jackson County Early College - Located on SCC’s main campus in Sylva
For more information, please contact JCEC Liaison Matt Kirby at 828.339.4433 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Macon Early College - Located on SCC’s Macon campus in Franklin
For more information, please contact MEC Liaison Angie Noland at 828.306.7016 or email email@example.com. You may also contact MEC Guidance Counselor Mary Pittman 828.306.7008 or firstname.lastname@example.org
What is an Early College?
Early College High Schools are defined as small, autonomous schools typically immersed on a college campus which provide accelerated education to a wide range of high school students, typically beginning in the ninth-grade year. These institutions focus on rigor, relevance, relationship, equity, and sustainability, which are incorporated into all elements of the college including administration and instruction. In these accelerated programs, students are given the opportunity to complete a high school diploma and an Associate’s Degree or two years of college credit.
Who does the Early College serve?
The target population for this program is the under-represented or underserved student in higher education, such as low-income, minority, or first-generation students. However, Early Colleges serve students other than those who are underserved in higher education, incorporating a wide range of abilities and academic experiences into the study body. The Early College High School’s goal is to make every student college-ready. This will be accomplished through exposure to collegiate curriculum, supporting students in their educational and career goals, and assisting students in the completion of a high school diploma and an Associate’s Degree or two years of college credit.
What does the Early College offer?
• a mature learning environment
• a rigorous honors-level curriculum
• small class size
• a personalized schedule
• project-based & portfolio -based learning
• supportive relationships
• relevance to future life goals
• preparation for college