Johnston County Early College Academy recently celebrated the school’s 10th year in operation and its many successes over the last decade.
Johnston County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Ross Renfrow, Johnston Community College President Dr. David Johnson, former principals, alumni, and current students gathered together to celebrate the school on Jan. 29.
The school opened its doors in August of 2008 and was a collaborative effort between Johnston County Public Schools, North Carolina New Schools Project, and Johnston Community College.
JCECA is a five-year school where graduates will receive a high school diploma and a two year Associates Degree in College Transfer from Johnston Community College.
Current JCECA Principal Robert Daniels recognized the dedicated efforts of those who laid the foundation and opened the school. Those who facilitated the opening of the school and who were recognized included JCECA’s first Principal Cary Lane Cockrell, retired JCPS Superintendent Dr. Ed Croom, Department Chair Louise Deaton, Dean of Instruction Kay Lanier, and retired JCC President Dr. Donald Reichard.
“This school has grown and changed in many positive ways since it first began. Students here are valued as individuals and relationships between all members of the JCECA family and community are vital to the success of this program,” said JCECA counselor Rodney Allred, who was the first employee hired at the school.
JCECA is a non-traditional school specifically for students who have the ability to be high achievers, are capable of doing honors work, and can meet high academic standards. Entrance to the school is by application only and each year JCECA accepts 50 new students. More than 400 students have graduated from the school since it opened in 2008.
“Working with JCECA faculty and students has been a highlight of my teaching career,” said teacher Amanda Rowland. “I enjoy their attitudes toward learning and their love and acceptance of one another. I have enjoyed my ten years here immensely.”