Kindergarten through college and beyond, Eden and Rockingham County are engaging and empowering students for a global future.
K-12: Staying in the know.
It’s easy to see how Rockingham County schools are connecting students to expanded opportunities through higher levels of skill, preparation and knowledge. Just look at the numbers: 975 classrooms equipped with instructional technology meeting stringent 21st Century Classroom qualifications; 4,000 laptops, with one assigned to each and every one of Rockingham County public school students in the 9th through the 12th grade; dramatically rising graduation rates and standards of performance. Rockingham County students are moving into the global marketplace with sharpened global skills, and moving through college more easily and quickly, shaving years off the traditional route at the dual-enrollment Rockingham Early College High School. And that doesn’t even count the number of trophies, yardage and goals racked up by the county’s championship athletic teams.
Yes, it’s easy to see the quality of Rockingham County public schools not only because of those numbers, but also because of critical transparency measures implemented throughout the system that have made Rockingham County one of only 7 districts in the state to earn a “A” rating in Transparency from the John Locke Foundation.
And while parents have the power of knowledge in Rockingham County, they also have the power of choice, with the public system’s 16 elementary schools, 4 middle schools, 4 traditional high schools (in addition to the county’s Early High School), with more than 30 private schools also located within a 40-mile radius.
Rockingham Community College (RCC): Custom experience and expertise.
At RCC, students are able to customize their paths to career and four-year college success, thanks to degree, diploma and certification options and more than 40 different programs of study. Industry counts on RCC for training expertise; students rely on RCC for award-winning quality of instruction and support. In the state’s Critical Success Factors Report, measuring performance indicators such as graduation rates, the performance of graduates who go on to four-year universities, and first-time pass rates on licensure exams, RCC was one of only 11 of the state’s 58 colleges to pass all requirements.
In May of 2018, Rockingham County citizens voted for a ¼ cent sales tax to fund a state of the art workforce development center at RCC. This center will be used to create new advanced manufacturing, distribution, skilled trade and other programs to produce a skilled workforce for existing and new industry. The center should be functional by 2020.
Four-year universities: Higher aims and achievement closer to home.
Within a one-hour drive from Rockingham County, 15 different institutions of higher education offer life-changing and life-long learning opportunities ranging from the powerhouse instruction and research of Wake Forest (ranked 10th in “best undergraduate teaching” in the 2016 U.S. News & World Report rankings) to the prestigious positioning of Elon University where 86% of students complete internships, to the convenient branches of the nationally respected public leader, UNC at Greensboro and UNC School of the Arts.
Averett University, Danville, VA.
Bennett College, Greensboro
Carolina Christian College, Winston-Salem
Elon University, Elon
Greensboro College, Greensboro
Guilford College, Greensboro
High Point University, High Point
Laurel University, High Point
NC A&T State University, Greensboro
Piedmont International University, Winston-Salem
Salem College, Winston-Salem
University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro
University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Winston-Salem
Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem
Winston-Salem State University, Winston-Salem
Also, with Charlotte and Raleigh/Durham just two hours away, college choices expand to encompass more than three dozen institutions of higher learning, including Duke University, North Carolina State University, UNC at Chapel Hill, and North Carolina Central University.
Future Rockingham Community College Workforce Development Center