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About Northampton County  Early College

Our Motto: " Grit, Passion, and Perseverance "

Northampton County Early College is an innovative, collaborative program between Halifax Community College and Northampton County Schools. Our students are transported to Halifax Community College Campus for their college classes.  The program enables students to earn a high school diploma and an Associate's Degree during their high school career.  Students also have access to any certificate program available at HCC, including Welding, Automotive System Technology, Industrial Systems, and Graphic Design to name a few.  


To Facilitate the grit, passion, and perseverance needed to succeed in the higher education and workforce environment.


To provide students the opportunity for a dynamic learning experience in a high school setting/college setting, a staff who is encouraging and supportive to each student, rigorous academic expectations, and opportunities for academic and personal growth. 

Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is an Early College?
A: Students are enrolled in both high school and community college classes.  The goal is for students to receive an associate’s degree from Halifax Community College, on a 5-year plan while working on their high school diploma. 

Q: How are students selected for the Early College? 
A: There is an application and interview process.  The application is usually posted in February of each school year. 

Q: What will the Early College curriculum be like? 
A: Students will take high school classes with Early College staff.  College classes will be taken with Halifax Community College Professors. It typically takes six years to get a high school diploma and an associate’s degree; the early college plan allows students to get both in 5-years. Students also must complete 20 service learning hours each school year.  Students will have access to the School Guidance Counselor for high school needs and the College Liaison for college needs. 

Q: Will my transcript be accepted at other colleges and universities?
A: The student’s high school transcript will look just like any other current high school transcript, in North Carolina public schools.  However, students will also have a college transcript from Halifax Community College.  
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