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UNCG's Dr. Tom Martinek and Middle College principal Angela Polk-Jones '89 lead parents and children who have applied to be part of the inaugural class at UNCG's Middle College.

UNCG's Dr. Tom Martinek and Middle College principal Angela Polk-Jones '89 lead parents and children who have applied to be part of the inaugural class at UNCG's Middle College.

UNCG develops a Middle College with a unique focus

Through a new partnership between UNCG and Guilford County Schools, 50 high school freshmen will attend class on the university's campus in the fall. The Middle College at UNCG will allow high school students to graduate with up to two years of transferable college credit and to explore a variety of careers in health and human sciences. It will add 50 more students in each of the following three years for a total enrollment of 200 in grades nine through 12.

The program targets eighth-graders who may be disengaged or who may struggle to adapt as they get ready to move to a high school setting.

Approximately 170 students have applied for the 50 ninth-grade seats that will open in the fall. Tom Martinek, a UNCG kinesiology professor who helped design the program and will serve as its liaison, said applicants seem to be attracted by its small classes and focus on health careers. “We're looking for partners to mentor these students and for innovative ways to introduce these students to health careers. We want to include all the different ways UNCG promotes health. Along with medical careers like nursing, we want to help students learn more about counseling, gerontology, nutrition, therapeutic recreation and other opportunities in this rapidly growing field.”

The school will also enable students to explore careers through a work-study program. Funding is expected to include federal dollars from the district's Race to the Top grant and Guilford County Schools Title I dropout prevention funds in addition to a donation from Businesses for Excellence in Education. The principal is UNCG alumna and basketball star Angela Polk-Jones '89.