"Learn and Earn" Schools Receive State Funding

OCTOBER 18, 2005 -- For some local students, attending class everyday won't just get them closer to their high school diploma. It could get them closer to their associate's degree or even a bachelor's degree.

New Hanover, Pender, Brunswick and Columbus counties are all getting state money to fund the "Learn and Earn" program.

At "Learn and Earn" schools students can attend high school for one additional year to earn a diploma and an associate's degree or two years of college credit.

Local school officials announced last year plans to set up a "Learn and Earn" school on the campus of UNC Wilmington.