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ECC Ranks #2 in High School Equivalency Program Performance

Edgecombe Community College’s College and Career Readiness instructor Desmond Sykes works with a student. ECC’s Division of College and Career Readiness ranked number two in performance statewide for the 2021-2022 program year.

Edgecombe Community College’s Division of College and Career Readiness ranked number two in performance among North Carolina community colleges for the 2021-2022 program year.

The division ranked second in performance among 58 community colleges and 11 community-based organizations.

A focus of College and Career Readiness is to assist adults who have not earned a high school credential by helping them prepare to take the high school equivalency exam and continue on to post-secondary education and/or enter the workforce.

The North Carolina Community College System’s benchmark for the measurable skills gains performance measure was set at 43.6%. A measurable skills gain is the level of progress students attain as they complete proficiency levels in reading or math.

At ECC, 67.9% of Career and College Readiness students achieved a measurable skills gain. Once students matriculate to high school equivalency-level coursework, they take the official exams in the five core subjects of Reading, Writing, Social Studies, Science, and Mathematics.

“While we are still recovering from some of the challenges presented by the pandemic, we are working to close gaps in digital literacy, basic skills, and technology access,” says Dr. LaShawnda Washington, director of College and Career Readiness.

“The CCR staff worked diligently to ensure that students received quality instruction and career readiness skills,” she adds.