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
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.
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.