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38 THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — CAPE FEAR NC | VOLUME 14—ISSUE 1 EDUCATION Education BY STUART JAMES Their service area includes New Hanover and Pender counties with a campus located in downtown Wilmington, a North Campus in Castle Hayne, and a satellite center in Burgaw. CFCC also offers classes at the Alston W. Burke Surf City Campus. The college is connected to the University of North Carolina Wilmington thus enabling students to easily transfer course credit to complete an advanced degree. High school students can also enroll in early college credits. Speaking of the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW), in 2017 the university kicked off its 70th anniversary celebration, set an enrollment record with nearly 16,500 students, and achieved great recognition from U.S. News & World Report – receiving status in both the Best Regional Universities and Best Colleges for Veterans Rankings in the south. The online master's degree in history program also was ranked 1st nationally by two organizations. UNCW was named a Best College Value for 2017 by Kiplinger's Personal Finance, ranking in the top 100 public universities. UNCW is also a featured school on The Princeton Review's list "2018 Best Colleges: Region by Region" and in the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2018, which highlights the nation's "best and most interesting" colleges and universities. This past spring five members of the UNCW community received coveted Fulbright awards. Perhaps one of the most exciting bits of news on campus is UNCW's involvement over the last year in a $250 million national public-private initiative involving more than 150 companies, educational institutions, nonprofits and government partners working to bring safe drugs to market faster and educate a new biopharmaceutical workforce. UNCW is currently researching the therapeutic properties and potential pharmaceutical applications of microalgae found in the world's oceans. East Carolina University (ECU), North Carolina's third largest public university, is located just an hour north of New Bern in Greenville, North Carolina. Founded as a teacher training college it now offers over a hundred Bachelor degrees and numerous Master's and Doctoral degrees. ECU online courses offer the same faculty and instruction as on-campus resources. [] Relocating a family means different challenges for different families. There are usually two 'constants,' however, in every search for the perfect location: great schools and great healthcare. Coastal North Carolina combines the best of all worlds with fantastic weather, amazing scenery, outstanding healthcare, and remarkable schools at every level. The public schools are divided into the districts of Brunswick, Carteret, New Hanover, Onslow and Pender counties (or State District 2). State District 2 features several Title I reward schools (schools consistently diligent in operating as highest- performing schools). District 2 includes eight of these Title I schools across the region. Four charter schools are also accessible - in New Hanover County parents can choose from the Cape Fear Center for Inquiry, Wilmington Prep Academy, Douglass Academy, and the Island Montessori Charter School. Onslow County also has a federal school to serve the military families at Camp Lejeune. In fact, many Onslow county schools offer a military liaison to guide students entering or exiting the schools during parent military transfers. Great educational choices are not limited to public schools. Wilmington Christian Academy (WCA), located in a suburban area of Wilmington, is the largest private school in southeastern North Carolina. WCA is a non-denominational, coeducational Christian school serving students in grades PreK3 – 12 and fulfills all requirements of the North Carolina Division of Non-Public Instruction, is a member of the American Association of Christian Schools, as well as a member of the North Carolina Christian School Association. Average WCA class size ranges from 20-24 students. WCA boasts a record 98% of graduates pursuing post-secondary education. After high school, the scholastic choices are equally as impressive. Wilmington's Cape Fear Community College (CFCC) is a comprehensive two-year college and the seventh largest community college in the state with more than 25,000 students. excellence, diligence, convenience

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