Thursday , 22 February 2018
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NCCS Receives 2015 CVCC Community Partner Award for Programs at The Summit


If you have not yet heard of The Summit, you probably aren’t the only one.  However, in the next few months, you will be hearing a lot more.  District staff, high school principals, and counselors have been working for the past several months on a partnership with CVCC where rising juniors can take their first period class at The Summit – renovated classrooms on the second floor of the NCCS Central Office (in what used to be Discovery High School).  Classes offered at The Summit will be college-level courses and will give students both high school and transferable college credit through the College & Career Promise program – an articulation agreement between high schools, community colleges, and the North Carolina public universities.  Our first cohort will begin in the fall of 2015 and will consist of  approximately 30 juniors from both Discovery High School and Newton-Conover High School. These students will take six hours during first semester and seven hours during second semester at The Summit in addition to their additional high school courses on their own campuses.  Each course offered at The Summit will receive honors level weight, and hours will transfer to any North Carolina public university.  Students in the program will graduate with a minimum of 28 hours of college credit.  In

cvccDr. David Stegall was notified in late April that NCCS had been selected for the CVCC Community Partner Award because of the commitment to our students to ensure we were giving them every opportunity for future success.  Chief Academic Officer Heather Mullins shared, “When I began to look into why we did not have many students taking advantage of the College & Career Promise program at CVCC, I turned to our counselors.  They shared that some of our students did not have transportation to CVCC for first period or that they could not afford the textbooks.  Dr. Stegall and I worked with CVCC and with our principals and counselors to eliminate the barriers and bring the courses closer to home.”  Students enrolled at The Summit will not have to pay tuition for their coursework.  NCCS will cover their tuition and books as well as provide transportation to and from the schools.  On March 23, NCCS hosted an information session for parents.  The presentation and more information can be found here.   To learn more about the coursework students will take, click here!

If you or your child are interested in this program, please speak with a high school guidance counselor.

About Heather Mullins

Dr. Heather Mullins is the Chief Academic Officer in Newton-Conover City Schools. She is a North Carolina Teaching Fellow who spent 12 years as a high school English Teacher. She received her B.S.Ed. in Secondary English Education from Western Carolina University. Heather completed her National Board Certification in Adolescent Young Adult English Language Arts in 2002. She holds an M.Ed. in Academically and Intellectually Gifted from UNC-Charlotte. She completed her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership through Western Carolina University. Her dissertation focused on improving principal practice through strategic professional development. Heather has served as a Curriculum Specialist in Hickory City Schools, an adjunct professor at Lenoir-Rhyne University, and a Professional Development Consultant for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Heather is one of the co-founders of #NCed Chat, North Carolina’s first Twitter chat for teachers. She is passionate about innovative practices, instructional technology, student ownership of learning, and supporting teachers. Heather serves on the advisory board for the North Carolina Digital Learning Plan, North Carolina School for the Deaf and Catawba Science Center. She is a recipient of the 2015 NCMLE Central Office Administrator to Watch Award. She also received the 2016 Don Chalker Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership. Heather is the proud mother of one son, Jackson.

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