Start smart, start early: Earn college credit in high school

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A senior in high school, Shaquasha Williams is already well on her way to receiving her Associate’s Degree at CFCC through Pender Early College High School.  She’s a driven student with a concrete goal in mind.  “I want to get a degree in social work, and then in family law,” says Williams.  For someone so young, Williams has a clear vision, and is working now towards that end.  She has flourished in the PECHS program, and even serves as a student ambassador for CFCC.

“Pender Early College High School has opened up so many doors for me that would not have been a part of the traditional high school experience. The dual enrollment has taught me how to be independent, adventurous and how to shoot for the stars. By choosing me to serve as a student ambassador, CFCC has allowed me to network and be a part of the college’s community and foundation; something so great and so worthwhile,” says Williams.

“The early college program provides students with the opportunity to earn two years of transferable college credit at no cost.  Early college students can access college level content while also learning the academic skills required to be successful at four-year universities,” says Brian Weeks, Lead Educational Partnerships Liaison at Cape Fear Community College.

Shaquasha’s early college experience will not only save her time, it will also save her money.  The invaluable experience she gains here will also help her to acclimate quickly to college life as she continues her academic career.

For more information about CFCC’s Early College Program, contact Brian Weeks at or (910) 362-7115.


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