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Students Capitalize on Offerings at The Summit and at CVCC

Community College has changed a great deal since most educators were students, and today’s students can capitalize on those changes to help them achieve their goals of attending a four-year university, attending a community college, or joining the workforce better prepared.  Through the College and Career Promise articulation agreement among the 16 state universities in North Carolina, several NC private universities, the community college system, and high schools in North Carolina, our students have opportunities we never had as students – earning specific college credits while in high school as well as receiving dual required credits in many situations.

Currently, approximately 70 juniors and seniors from Discovery High School and Newton-Conover High School attend The Summit at Newton-Conover during first period.  They are enrolled in college classes taught by college professors.  If they make a C or higher in the class, they receive college credit that is transferable to any state university in North Carolina as well as several private universities.  Students are receiving dual-enrollment credits for their American History I, American History II, English III, and Art credits.  Some students are receiving their fourth math credit by taking Statistical Methods I (the equivalent of AP Statistics).

Students take MWF and TR classes at The Summit and these courses receive honors weight for our current juniors and seniors.  However, beginning with our sophomore class, these courses will carry AP weight.  If you would like to learn more about The Summit at Newton-Conover, please contact Lorraine Swagger at NCHS, Elizabeth Arditti at Discovery, or Dr. Heather Mullins at the Newton-Conover Central Office.

About Heather Mullins

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. 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. She completed her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership through Western Carolina University. 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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