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38 THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — CAPE FEAR NC | VOLUME 12—ISSUE 2 EDUCATION Education BY BRETT CORNWRIGHT acceptance into major public and private colleges throughout the United States. Graduates frequently secure college scholarships for athletic and academic achievement. Alumni have successfully completed advanced degrees in many fields such as ministry, medicine, law, business, education, journalism, law enforcement, technology, engineering and the military. If you are looking beyond high school, either for your children or yourself, you will find several excellent choices throughout Coastal Carolina. A good example is Wilmington's Cape Fear Community College (CFCC) with sites in New Hanover and Pender counties. The college is connected to the University of North Carolina Wilmington campus thus enabling students to easily transfer course credit to complete an advanced degree. High school students can also enroll in early college credits and the CFCC Childhood Development Center even provides childcare to the community. If you happen to be a small business owner, check out CFCC's Small Business Center. The mission of this center is to increase the success rate and profitability of small businesses in New Hanover and Pender countries. Through seminars, one- on one business and technology counseling, and a business resource library, the Small Business Center at CFCC looks to assist owners in all areas of business. University of North Carolina - Wilmington (UNCW) is dedicated to the integration of teaching and mentoring with research and service. The commitment to student engagement, creative inquiry, critical thinking, and responsible citizenship is expressed in the baccalaureate and master's programs, as well as doctoral programs in areas of expertise that serve state needs. UNCW is a public, co-educational university and enrolls over 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students each year as part of the 17-campus University of North Carolina System. So if you're planning on relocating to the North Carolina coastline, rest assured that each community sees your child's education as very important. From Beaufort to Bird Island, Cape Fear to Cape Lookout, this part of Eastern North Carolina is made up of cities and towns where education, military service, healthcare and family are equally prized. [] Educational opportunities for your family are always forefront in any decision to relocate. The exciting part about considering a move to the North Carolina coastline is that its neighborhoods are rich in high quality schools. From pre-school for your youngest, to picking up a college degree later in life for yourself, and everything in between, you will find a region made up of small towns where education is one of the top priorities— as well as a giant economic influence. The public school districts of Brunswick, Carteret, New Hanover, Onslow and Pender counties are included in the State's District 2 and features several Title I reward schools. A Title I reward school is designated such because of its constant diligence in operating as a "highest-performing school." In other words, a school among the top ten percent of Title I schools in the state that have the highest absolute performance over a number of years for the "all students" group and for all subgroups on the statewide assessments. District 2 includes 8 of these Title I schools across Brunswick, Carteret, New Hanover and Onslow counties. These counties also offer 4 charter schools in New Hanover County: the Cape Fear Center for Inquiry, Wilmington Prep Academy, Douglass Academy, and the Island Montessori Charter School. Onslow County has a federal school to serve the military families at Camp Lejeune. Many Onslow county schools offer a military liaison to guide students entering or exiting the schools during parent military transfers. Though District 2 public schools are top notch, parents relocating to the area also have a number of high distinction private school choices. Located in a suburban area of Wilmington, the largest private school in Southeastern North Carolina has provided non-denominational Christian education since 1969. Wilmington Christian Academy (WCA) is a coeducational school with four divisions: Preschool, Elementary, Middle and High School. 98% of WCA graduates pursue post-secondary education. WCA graduates have successfully gained excellence, diligence, convenience

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