May 16, 2013
PRESTONSBURG — The Floyd County Early College Academy is getting underway with second-year preparations.
The Floyd County Early College Academy’s second year will nearly double in class size, says Floyd County Supt. Henry Webb.
“The students at our FCECA have had a very successful year and we’re excited to see the numbers grow this quickly as acceptance is based on a competitive process,” said Webb. “This program will allow students the opportunity to graduate from high school with a diploma and an associate’s degree.”
During the inaugural year, 19 students participated in our early college academy. During the 2013-2014 school year, enrollment will rise to 36 students.”
On April 26, students attended an orientation at Big Sandy Community and Technical College where the FCECA is housed. Students enrolled in classes for the fall of 2013, met instructors and toured the campus.
Webb says that thanks are due to the Floyd County School board for the innovation and commitment to the children of Floyd County.
“I’d also like to thank Dr. Edwards and his team at Big Sandy Community and Technical College for partnering with Floyd County Schools on this wonderful program,” said Webb.
The advancement of the college credits will allow students to move into smaller classes as they enter college. One placement will be held in reserve for an academy student in the University of Pikeville’s School of Osteopathic Medicine, as well as a reserve spot for an Academy student in a pharmacy school coordinated through UPike.
Additionally, Academy students who become certified teachers in areas of math, science, foreign language and special education and are hired to teach in Floyd County schools will be reimbursed for tuition costs up to $3,000 per year for five years.
Admission into the academy is a very competitive process, factoring in academic work, assessments, attendance, extracurricular activities, community service, household income, honors and awards, and whether or not the student is a first generation college student. Students who attend the academy are required to maintain a 3.0 grade point average.