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Wake County students can find out Saturday how to get free college credit

Cathy Moore, Wake County's deputy superintendent for academic advancement, gets a manicure from Rachel Hare during the opening of the cosmetology salon at the Vernon Malone College And Career Academy on Sept. 23, 2015 in Raleigh, N.C. The Wake County school system is holding its Early College Fair at Vernon Malone on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017.
Cathy Moore, Wake County's deputy superintendent for academic advancement, gets a manicure from Rachel Hare during the opening of the cosmetology salon at the Vernon Malone College And Career Academy on Sept. 23, 2015 in Raleigh, N.C. The Wake County school system is holding its Early College Fair at Vernon Malone on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017. News & Observer file photo`

Wake County families can learn Saturday how to get a head start on earning free college credit at the school system’s Early College Fair.

Early colleges allow high school students to work on their diploma while also being able to earn, depending on the school, up to two years of free college credit. Each early college is affiliated with a college or university that provides students with free college classes starting in 11th grade.

Wake operates several early college programs in Raleigh: Wake Early College of Health and Sciences, Wake STEM Early College, Vernon Malone College and Career Academy, Wake Young Men’s Leadership Academy and Wake Young Women’s Leadership Academy. Wake also operates the new North Wake College and Career Academy in Wake Forest.

The Early College Fair runs Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Vernon Malone, 2200 S. Wilmington St. in Raleigh

Saturday also marks the start of the early college application period for students currently enrolled in the district. Other applicants must register with the Office of Student Assignment beginning Nov. 6. The application period for all people ends Dec. 1.

Go to http://bit.ly/2hFGis8 for more information about the application process and to find a schedule of events.

T. Keung Hui: 919-829-4534, @nckhui

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