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Wilmington Early College High School Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Wilmington Early College High School will celebrate ten years of educational innovation and student success with a series of events from May 18, 2017, to May 20, 2017. With more than 200 graduates and more than 120 degrees awarded, Wilmington Early College continues to evolve. From the first 10 graduates to more than 50 in Cohort 5, the school continues to move forward.

WECHS Principal, Regina Wooten remarked, "The staff of Wilmington Early College is excited about the opportunity to celebrate ten years. New Hanover County Schools and Cape Fear Community College have provided our students the opportunity to attain an Associate's Degree and to save more than $75,000 towards the cost of a bachelor's degree. The relationship that WECHS has with CFCC has evolved and we feel as though our students are truly a part of the college."
The celebration will begin with a Stakeholder’s Reception on Thursday, May 18, 2017, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the BB&T Auditorium on the North Campus of Cape Fear Community College at 4500 Blue Clay Road, Castle Hayne, NC 28429. The second event will be “Past Meets Present” on Friday, May 19, 2017, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the ND Building (WECHS) also on the North Campus of Cape Fear Community College. The third event will be a celebration of all graduates from 2011 through 2017 on Saturday, May 20, 2017, from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. in U-508 of Union Station at the downtown campus of CFCC College at 502 North Front Street, Wilmington, NC 28401. Alumni, faculty, staff and special guests are invited. The final event of the celebration will be the Class of 2012’s 5-year Reunion.

Started in 2007, Wilmington Early College High School (WECHS) was created out of a strong partnership between New Hanover County Schools and Cape Fear Community College (CFCC). Located on the North Campus, Wilmington Early College supports small class size, innovative ideas, creative teachers, and attention to detail. Students are expected to graduate with a high school diploma and an Associate’s Degree that is college transferable. The structure fosters academic rigor, personalization, and relevant connections to workplace knowledge and skills. WECHS is focused on preparing students for lifelong learning and entry into high-skill careers.

Over the years, some students were able to graduate with an Associate’s Degree in four years instead of five. Cohort 5 boasted more than 50 graduates. Students at WECHS have the opportunity to earn an Associate’s Degree in Arts, an Associate’s Degree in Science, and Associates in Applied Science or a certification. Students have graduated with certifications in Culinary Arts, Cosmetology, and Chemical Technology. Students at Wilmington Early College have diverse offerings.
Graduates of WECHS have transferred to many of the universities in the University of North Carolina’s 17 campuses. Students have also attended and graduated from many of the private schools in North Carolina and a few out-of-state schools. WECHS graduates have secured hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships and grants and continue to focus on being lifelong learners. Many of them have returned to WECHS to mentor and/or speak to current students. With a focus on volunteerism and community involvement, our graduates continue to give back to their college communities.

Please RSVP by May 5, 2017, to Ms. Sherry Yelton at (910-362-7789), or For more information, please visit the WECHS website at


Posted: 04/26/17