BRUNSWICK COUNTY -- Alyssa Cruz is 15 years old. As you'd expect, she's a student. What you might not expect is where she goes to school. Alyssa said, "I am so different from everyone else, I don't know where to begin. My attitude on life is a whole lot different." Alyssa is a full-time student, taking 13 units at Brunswick Community College. Vicky Snyder is the Early College High School principal. She said, "Alyssa Cruz is one of our top students. She's extremely creative and artistic, and she came to us with a real desire to get an education, and she's very future-focused." Brunswick Community College President Stephen Greiner said, "It was made possible by a collaboration between Brunswick Community College and Brunswick County schools." That collaboration generated an opportunity for Brunswick County students to earn college credits. Alyssa said, "I'm taking zoology and microbiology and also love to draw." "This is an initiative that Gov. Easley started a few years ago," Greiner said. Want to help your kids get a head start? Snyder said, "All they need is a safety net. It's family. It's relationship. It's respect. It's responsibility." Alyssa said, "Encourage. Always encourage them." Alyssa says all high school students have the potential to pursue their passions and start early on college. The principal of the early college high school program collaboration between Brunswick County Schools and Brunswick Community College says it's easy to learn more.
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