Johnston/So. Wake County

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE—JOHNSTON/SOUTHERN WAKE COUNTIES NC | VOLUME 16—ISSUE 1 41 EDUCATION County Public School System (WCPSS) as one of the reasons. Twenty-seven WCPSS magnet schools have been recognized by the Magnet Schools of America (MSA) National Merit Awards program. Twelve schools have been named Schools of Excellence and 15 have been named Schools of Distinction by MSA. A unique feature of WCPSS is their dedication to foreign language studies. Schools offer World Language instruction in grades 6 through 12. Most middle schools offer Spanish, and the vast majority of high schools offer Spanish, French and a third language such as German or Latin. Some magnet schools start second-language instruction in kindergarten. Students in these schools might also choose Chinese, Italian, Japanese or Russian. In high school, Levels III and IV of a world language are honors-level courses and precede Advanced Placement courses. Two units of credit in the same language are required for entrance into post high school educational undertakings at places like the University of North Carolina system. Wake County is also home to 79 private schools with an enrollment of around 16,000 students. Located in Smithfield, North Carolina, about 30 miles east of Raleigh, Johnston Community College (JCC) has awarded associate degrees, certificates, and diplomas since 1969 and currently serves more than 15,000 students annually in its credit and non-credit programs. The main 175-acre campus boasts state-of- the-art facilities and picturesque pines, azaleas and ponds. JCC has campuses throughout the county, including the Cleveland Center, the Johnston County Workforce Development Center in Clayton, and the Howell Woods Environmental Learning Center, a 2800-acre wildlife preserve and teaching facility. The main campus is home to a 16-acre Arboretum and the 1007-seat Paul A. Johnston Auditorium. Johnston Community College is a member of the North Carolina Community College System and is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. JCC is also the home of the North Carolina Truck Driver Training school, the oldest truck driver training program in the United States. North Carolina's largest community college is Wake Tech Community College (WTCC), serving more than 71,000 adults annually, with five campuses, three training centers, multiple community sites, and a comprehensive array of online learning options. WTCC is fully accredited and offers more than 200 associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates preparing students for either university transfer or immediate employment. The college offers non-credit continuing education programs that include customized workforce training, small business support, and public safety officer training. Basic skills courses such as English as a Second Language, high school equivalency preparation, and other courses for personal enrichment are also available. Wake Tech serves high school students at the Wake Early College of Health and Sciences and the Vernon Malone College and Career Academy in partnership with Wake County Public Schools. WTCC was named the fastest-growing large community college in the U.S. by Community College Week. Area 4-year schools are equally as impressive. If you take for granted easy access to the "giants"— N.C. State University, UNC-Chapel Hill, and Duke University, students still have excellent choices before making their final choice. Campbell University is a 4-year private university with campuses in both Buies Creek & Raleigh. Campbell is affiliated with the Baptist State Convention of N.C. and enrolls more than 6,000 students each year, offering more than 100 majors and programs for undergraduate students in degree programs within the liberal arts, sciences, business, education and religion, including around 150 students who annually enroll in their unique School of Osteopathic Medicine. Meredith College near downtown Raleigh is an independent private women's college (male students accepted at graduate level) with a student body of nearly 2,000. Meredith consistently is ranked one of the top 10 colleges in the South by U.S. News & World Report. It also ranks among the top 20% of colleges in the country by Forbes.com and is one of the "Best Colleges in the Southeast" according to The Princeton Review. The nation's first public liberal arts institution founded for African Americans, North Carolina Central University (NCCU) is located in Durham and is now a master's comprehensive institution offering bachelors and master's degrees, a Juris Doctor, and a Ph.D. in Integrated Biosciences to a diverse student population. Part of the 17-campus University of North Carolina System, NCCU averages approximately 8,200 students. U.S. News and World Report ranked NCCU School of Law as one of the 10 most popular law schools. The University has two state-of-the-art biotechnology research facilities that collaborate frequently with pharmacy and biotech companies in nearby Research Triangle Park. With a history going back some 160 years, William Peace University (WPU) is a small liberal arts college in downtown Raleigh affiliated with the Presbyterian Church, and offering undergraduate degrees in 26 majors. WPU was founded in 1857 as Peace Institute, offering education for boys and girls in primary grades and to women from high school to college. Once a two- year college for women, WPU has evolved into an award- wining four-year, coeducational university. U.S. News & World Report placed Peace in its "Comprehensive Colleges-Bachelor's (South)" category in their America's Best Colleges rankings. Other area 4-year schools include: Saint Augustine's University, Shaw University and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. []

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