Cabarrus Kannapolis Early College is an innovative high school located on the south campus of Rowan Cabarrus Community College (RCCC). We began in 2009 and graduated our first class in 2013. Our enrollment has grown from 49 in 2009 to almost 240 in 2020. Nationwide, there are over 200 early colleges. In North Carolina, ECHS is of 77 early colleges and receives support from the North Carolina New Schools network.
The aim of the Early College model is to graduate students who earn a high school diploma as well as two years of transferable college credit or an associate degree all at no cost to their families. The target population for early colleges is first generation college-goers, those seeking a challenging, more rigorous curriculum, or other historically underserved populations.