Mitchell's early colleges earn exceptional scores on N.C. School Report Card

Posted at 2:00 PM on Sep 6, 2019


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All three of Mitchell Community College's early college high schools – Agriculture and Science Early College (ASEC), Collaborative College for Technology and Leadership (CCTL) and Crossroads Arts Sciences Early College – earned exceptional scores on the 2018-2019 N.C. School Report Card.

All three high early college earned a school performance grade of A, with graduation rates outstripping state and local averages. In addition, CCTL was the only local high school program to earn a grade of A, a score in the 90s and Exceeded Growth.

“Mitchell is so proud to be a part of these early college partnerships,” said Mitchell’s Vice President for Instruction Camille Reese. “Principals Billy Wells (ASEC), Teri Hutchens (CCTL) and Alicia Eller (Crossroads) and their faculty/staff work extremely hard to promote student success and achievement. Their dedication is evident in these results.”

Director of Educational Partnerships Amanda Rhea added her praise of the programs.

“These early colleges are such an asset to our students, our college, and our community. The strong pathways they provide for students to further their education promote a more positive community now and in the future.”

Mitchell Community College operates three early college high schools in partnership with local school systems. Early college provides motivated Iredell County students the opportunity to graduate from a five-year program with a high school diploma and up to two years of transferable college credit with no cost to the student for tuition or books. Students enroll in the Cooperative Innovative High School Pathway in the ninth grade through an admission process unique to each early college.

The Crossroads Arts & Science Early College High School is a partnership of Mitchell Community College and Iredell-Statesville Schools. Crossroads students take their high school classes at Statesville High School and travel by shuttle to Mitchell Community College’s Statesville campus for college classes.

CCTL is operated in partnership with Iredell-Statesville Schools and Mooresville Graded Schools. CCTL is located on the Statesville Campus of Mitchell Community College in historic downtown Statesville.

A third early college, Agriculture and Science Early College, opened fall 2017 on the campus of North Iredell High School in Olin. It is the first early college in North Carolina with a focus on agriculture. Students have several degree options and can participate in sports and clubs, including FFA, at North Iredell High School.

About Mitchell Community College

Mitchell Community College serves 9,000 students annually through a variety of curriculum, continuing education and workforce development programs. With campuses in Statesville and Mooresville, Mitchell offers quality, affordable education options to residents of Iredell County and the surrounding area. For more information, visit or call (704) 878-3200 (Statesville Campus) or (704) 663-1923 (Mooresville Campus).

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