Forsyth Tech Announces New Principal for Stokes Early College

Kim Marion, Assistant Principal, West Stokes High School, Tapped for Position

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (June 8, 2010) – Forsyth Technical Community College has announced that Kimberly L. Marion will assume the role of Principal, Stokes Early College, effective July 1, 2010. Marion will maintain her position as Assistant Principal at West Stokes High School until the end of the current school year. She will replace Craig Boyles, who has been serving as Interim Principal of Stokes Early College until a permanent replacement was named.

“I am honored to become the next Principal of Stokes Early College,” Marion stated. “As a huge student advocate, I support the development of global and innovative approaches that expand educational opportunities for students. Stokes Early College’s non-traditional and holistic learning environment challenges teachers to teach differently and encourages students to think differently about how to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in our information- and technology-driven 21st century world.”

Stokes Early College opened at Forsyth Tech’s Northwest Forsyth Center in King in fall 2009 with 47 first-year students. This fall, Stokes Early College will move to an eight-room pod at the Meadows in Stokes County, which will eventually become the first permanent location for Forsyth Tech in Stokes County. Already, 63 first-year students have been invited to attend Stokes Early College for the 2010-2011 school year. The fall semester beings on August 9.

“We’re excited that so many Stokes County students are motivated by the opportunity to attend Stokes Early College, despite the rigorous admission criteria,” Marion said. “With the economic downturn and continually increasing costs of college, we’re trying to help students and their parents understand how this program not only provides an excellent education but also has the potential to offer students two years of a college education absolutely free.”

Stokes Early College is a joint program of the Stokes County Schools and Forsyth Tech. It is a five-year high school that gives students the opportunity to complete the requirements for a North Carolina high school diploma and at the same time earn a two-year college degree tuition free. Stokes County students entering ninth grade can graduate with enough college credits to earn an associate’s degree and enter a four-year college as a junior. Students accepted into this program receive free tuition, books and transportation.

The size of each entering Stokes Early College class is limited to 50 students. The program is designed to accommodate 250 students in total once all five grades have been introduced by the 2013-2014 school year.

Applications for fall 2010 enrollment are still being accepted and can be found by going to www.earlycollege.stokes.k12.nc.us.

Forsyth County parents and students can learn more about Early College of Forsyth, located on the Main Campus of Forsyth Tech in Winston-Salem, by going to www.forsythtech.edu and clicking on the “College In High School” link on the Home Page.