Isaac Bear Early College High School Students Visit CHHS

Isaac Bear Early College High School Visits CHHS

May 23, 2022 - On Friday April 22nd, ninth grade students from Isaac Bear Early College High School (IBECHS) visited the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) at UNCW. Students participated in a tour of Veterans Hall and engaged in a variety of demonstrations by School of Health and Applied Human Sciences (SHAHS) faculty in both the Anatomy and Physiology and the Movement Activities labs.

Isaac Bear Early College High School opened in the fall of 2006 as a partnership between the North Carolina New Schools Project, New Hanover County Schools and the University of North Carolina Wilmington. As an early college high school, students engage in an accelerated high school education program which offers honors courses to prepare students for the rigor of college.

In 2008, the School of Health and Applied Human Sciences established a collaborative partnership with the Isaac Bear Early College High School. Dr. Ashley Wells, the College’s assistant dean of community engagement says of the partnership, “It is vitally important that we connect with our educational partners to nurture the next generation of health and human services professionals. Pipeline programming such as the event with IBEC is one example of how we are committed to workforce development in the fields CHHS represents.”
 
In the first two years of the program, students complete their required high school courses to prepare them to take courses at the university. In the final two years of the program, students take courses at UNCW with the support of the staff at Isaac Bear Early College High School. Successful students will graduate from this program with a high school diploma and up to 60 college credits.

Lindsey Nanney, the associate director and program coordinator for SHAHS, says of the visit, “It’s exciting to have 66 ninth graders in Veterans Hall, visiting with our faculty and interacting in our labs. While walking around to talk to each student, I could feel their excitement and appreciation for the visit. We hopefully inspired them to think of SHAHS and the majors we house that champion healthy lives for all when they are making their plans for college.”