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Business Education Partnership

The Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce Business Education Partnership founded two very successful programs - the Business Partners, and the Teacher Resource Room. These programs are being transitioned to the developing Communities in Schools (CIS) program in Lee County where they will continue to grow. The Chamber is partnering with CIS and providing office space at the Chamber for this endeavor.

Communities in Schools is the nation's largest stay-in-school network, serving over one million youth in 154 cities and counties across the United States. North Carolina is considered the signature state program by the national office. There are 31 local operational programs in North Carolina, serving over 63,000 children and family members. The CIS process can work in any community because each local program is an independently incorporated, not-for-profit public/private partnership. Accordingly, that partnership's board of directors adapts the CIS process to the specific needs and available resources of the local community.

CIS creates community around young people and their families by bringing existing resources, services, parents, and volunteers into school and non-school sites to meet young people's needs so they can concentrate on learning. Just as importantly, because the CIS process repositions community service providers into the schools, teachers are free to concentrate on their most significant mission---TEACHING!

It is important to understand that CIS is a process that brings better community cooperation to the forefront by championing the connection of needed community resources with schools to help young people successfully learn, stay in school and prepare for life. That process may include working with existing organizations or programs such as Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCA, Communities of Faith (for example, Hand in Hand), and the countless other resources in each community. The magic occurs when all of these resources begin to work together to help North Carolina children reach their potential. For further information regarding CIS in Lee County, please contact Alison Leon.

Local Schools

In 1983, Lee County Senior High received the Award of Excellence, acknowledging it as one of the top 100 schools in the USA. This is symbolic of the commitment to education you'll find here.

Boasting a consolidated school system, Sanford provides its students with a well rounded education for tomorrow's demands. There are 12 public schools and 2 private K-12 schools.

You'll find special programs for the gifted and talented as well as the learning disabled. All schools are equipped for physically handicapped students, and there are also accelerated programs allowing students to take college courses while still in high school.

In terms of higher education, Central Carolina Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the North Carolina State Board of Education, and by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Degrees, diplomas and certificates are awarded in a variety of instructional programs.

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