JPS launches Early College High School program

JACKSON, Miss.(WJTV) - It's back to school for Jackson Public School students, but it was also a brand new start for the Early College High School program. 

City leaders and staff for Early College High School held a ribbon cutting ceremony at Tougaloo College Wednesday. The program was created to enhance the quality of education for students by dual enrolling them as high school and college students. 

For the 2018-2019 school year, 42 students have been accepted into the program. 

Early College High School principal, Chinelo Evans, says this is a great new beginning for her students and the City of Jackson. 

“I just want everyone to know that we’re really serious about education, we’re serious about where history meets the future here at Tougaloo College." She added, "And we believe that pretty soon you’ll see these leaders that we’re developing to go out and make Jackson the best it can be.” 

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba also joined the ceremony, giving inspiring words to students. He said they're "the generation of disruption," breaking bearers in Jackson. 

The school's motto is "Taking flights to greater heights," and Principal Evans says that's exactly how she wants her students to think every day. 

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