HPU Kicks Off Partnership With Local School Districts

HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 16, 2009 – The High Point University School of Education has kicked off a special partnership with Davidson County and Thomasville City Schools. The Oct. 14 celebration, held at East Davidson High School, was the start of a partnership that will help provide opportunities for teachers to further their education in the area of educational leadership.
Among the event participants were school representatives and principals; superintendent Keith Tobin; Dr. Sandi Lee, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction; Dr. Mariann Tillery, dean of the HPU School of Education; and School of Education faculty members.
“As a result of this partnership, approximately 60 teachers from Davidson County and Thomasville City Schools are currently enrolled and will be eligible to receive state licensure in school administration at the completion of the program,” says Dr. Vernon Farrington, associate professor of education at HPU.
Farrington says students will attend classes in Davidson County, making it convenient for teachers who work in the area. Also, a partnership offers participants a more affordable option through a School of Education grant, which was funded by the Wachovia Foundation.
“This is an excellent community outreach effort by HPU during a time when the economy is causing great stress on educational budgets,” Tillery says. “This effort to provide career advancement opportunities to teachers has been well received by those districts involved in the partnership.”
At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in a fun environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with 3,700 undergraduate and graduate students from 50 countries and 44 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” HPU was included in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For” 2009 listings. The university offers 68 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at www.highpoint.edu. Chris DudleyVice President for Administration336-841-4530cdudley@highpoint.edu

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