UNCG is taking part in an initiative that gives high school students who might not have considered going to college a chance to take college-level classes, earn academic credit, and learn about college expectations and opportunities.

The classes and the initiative, called North Carolina Investing in Rural Innovative Schools, were featured recently in the Bladen Journal. In addition to UNCG, the classes are being offered through Bladen Community College and East Carolina University. Partners across the state include the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, N.C. Community College System and 11 rural school districts.

A $15 million grant from the federal Investing in Innovation program is funding the initiative, the newspaper reported. The program addresses the unique challenges facing high-needs rural school districts by raising expectations for students by focusing on key elements shared by effective secondary schools such as college and career readiness, teaching and learning, and personalization.