RCC 大学转 Grad Hannah Pearson enters UNCP as a junior at the age of 17
RCC’s 大学转 graduate Hannah Pearson has a goal – to become a licensed teacher for the State of North Carolina by the age of 19. 17岁的时候, she graduated from 罗布森社区学院 with an associate of arts and from Fairmont High School with her diploma, 本周五来, she will begin moving into her dorm at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, where she will begin classes with junior status next Wednesday.
“我真的很兴奋, 我已经准备好迎接新的体验了, 准备好认识更多的人, and ready to see what college life is all about,皮尔森说.
Pearson is ambitious, to say the least. She graduated at the top of her class as the valedictorian and was the only student from Fairmont to also earn an associate degree upon graduation.
“I was a CCP student, I started back in the 10th grade back in 2020,皮尔森说. “The program really helps prepare you for college, 老实说，因为我选了CCP, now that I’m actually going to a university, I feel more at ease compared to somebody just now getting into college.
CCP stands for career and college promise, it’s an initiative that allows high school students in Robeson County to earn college credits for free at 罗布森社区学院.
“开始上高中, 我其实有这个目标, 在我高中毕业之前, I wanted to graduate with at least 60 college credits,皮尔森说. “So just knowing how much it would push me further in life, 它能给我预付多少钱, that’s what made me want to take those college classes.”
“CCP is honestly just a wonderful experience, not only do get a chance to experience college, 但它提供免费的大学课程, 你根本不用付钱,皮尔森补充道. “You can take all the classes you want and get your credits without having to pay a dime, compared to going to college after high school and spending hundreds of thousands just to take a course.”
Pearson has already scheduled all of her classes for the Fall semester at UNCP.
“I went straight into my major,” she said.
Some of her classes include Intro to 教育, Reading and Required Language Arts Skills, 和特殊教育概论.
“I’m really looking at teaching kindergarten or first grade, 如果不是这两个年龄组, 那我就得学五年级的数学了,皮尔森说。, showing she already has a game plan in place for when she graduates from UNCP.
Pearson says she feels she is following in her mother’s footsteps, 谁喜欢她?, 高中成绩优异, 她是班级的毕业生代表, 后来成为了一名教师. Her mother in essence became her inspiration for wanting to go into the education field, 努力工作, to persevere and to exemplify excellence in all that she does.
“She has been a teacher for 28 years,皮尔森说. “成长, I always saw how devoted she was to helping the kids and I actually took a job shadowing opportunity back in 8th grade where I went to Green Grove Elementary school, and acted as a teacher assistant for a class of kindergartners… I just loved that experience.”
As Pearson sets sail for UNCP over the next two years, she does have a message for high school students in Robeson County.
“我想说永远不要放弃, continue to chase your dreams as long as you do the best you can do, 其他都不重要,皮尔森说. “如果你有一个目标, 设定你的目标并为之努力, 因为你能做到, you can do anything that you put your mind to.”
“Attending 罗布森社区学院 was great, 我拿到了学位, 不仅仅是一张文凭, 但是一个学位,皮尔森说. “I am really grateful to 罗布森社区学院 for this opportunity. If it were not for the CCP program, I would not be as far in life as I am right now.”
“This has been such a pleasant experience,” Pearson continued. “通过中共项目, 能够毕业, and now being able to start college right at my major instead of having to worry about general education classes, and then also thinking about how much money RCC has allowed me to save, I just want to say that I am forever grateful.”
The CCP program at 罗布森社区学院 is open to high school students who reside in Robeson County, including students enrolled in the Public Schools of Robeson County, 私立学校, 或者在家接受教育. Students can choose a variety of pathways, such as earning a degree like Hannah or obtaining industry-recognized credentials, 证书, 还有医疗保健文凭, 美容, 工业技术, 消防, 业务, 和更多的. 报名参加RCC的CCP项目, 请联系帕特丽夏·洛克利尔, the director of admissions at 910-272-3356 or firstname.lastname@example.org.