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Non-traditional students shine at ECC

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Michael Parker, left, and Antonio Mayo began their college journey in the High School Equivalency program at Edgecombe Community College. Now enrolled in degree programs, they received top academic honors last fall.

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From Contributed Reports

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Two students who began in Edgecombe Community College’s High School Equivalency program made the President’s List last fall.

Barbering student Antonio Mayo and Michael Parker, who is a business administration major, each earned a 4.0 grade point average for the fall 2018 semester, placing them on the college’s top academic honor roll.

College and Career Readiness (formerly Basic Skills) is the instructional program at ECC that serves the college’s non-traditional students who have left the public school classroom.

“We find that at some point, life happens in our students’ lives, and seeing the completion of their high school credential becomes somewhat incomprehensible,” said Jerry Harper, director of College and Career Readiness. “So, when our students are able to reach such an outstanding milestone in their academic journey, we get excited.”

Both Mayo and Parker are on schedule to graduate in May from ECC.

While they were enrolled as students in the High School Equivalency program (formerly GED), both young men opted for co-enrollment in one of the College and Career Readiness career pathways. They also achieved credentials and credits by participating in CCR initiatives including the ASE Leadership Academy, Microsoft Digital Literacy certification, the completion of a service learning placement, as well as curriculum credits in developmental math and student success strategies.

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