Regional Success Stories

Pender County: Guys Read Program Expands: In collaboration with Pender Early College High School, Burgaw Middle School has expanded its reading program for boys. View full story >

Onslow County: Lejeune Marines help students succeed: 2nd Maintenance Battalion, CLR-25, 2d MLG, Camp Lejeune spent time with Onslow County Learning Center students in November to build relationships and promote education. View full story >

School Highlight: Emsley A. Laney High School

by David Hand

Laney H. S. has been making partnerships and providing multiple services to students!

These programs have resulted in E. A. Laney High School having the highest graduation rate of any traditional high school in New Hanover County. We applaud their efforts with this impressive work!

Kayaking with Marines

Students kayaking with MarinesOn May 18, members of the Dropout Prevention Coalition joined Hoggard High School students and area Marines for a kayaking expedition.

The event was planned as a reward for several students who had worked hard to improve their grades. The outing also served as a mentoring experience, bringing ROTC students together with retired Marines, and giving the students access to positive role models in a fun and informal setting. Read full story >


The Dropout Prevention Coalition Mentors at Youthbuild!

Youthbuild Program studentsSeveral members of the Dropout Prevention Coalition recently joined leaders at the Wilmington Housing Authority to provide hands-on mentoring to area students through the Youthbuild program.Youthbuild is a program sponsored by the Housing Authority to work with individuals between the ages of 16 and 24 who have dropped out of school. The goal of the program is to help former students earn their GEDs and acquire skills needed to gain employment.

Typically, hands-on training is provided in the field of construction. This year, DPC members teamed with the Housing Authority and volunteer experts from the community to encourage students to explore other areas of interest as well. Read the full story >

Dropout rates have decreased in several area school districts!

Lower dropout rates were reported in New Hanover, Pender, Onslow, Duplin and Brunswick counties. Read all about it at the Star News. or the original report at

Local Educational Agency 2009-10 DO counts 2010-11 DO counts % Change 2009-10 DO Rates 2010-11 DO Rates
Brunswick County 161 136 -15.5% 4.19 3.5
Duplin County 103 87 -15.5% 4.14 3.52
New Hanover County 385 295 -23.4% 4.91 3.83
Onslow County 215 191 -11.2% 3.15 2.84
Pender County 95 83 -12.6% 3.57 3.16

More Regional Success Stories

Advancement Via Individual Determination

The Road to College: Rigor, Readiness and Retention
Presented by AVID
(Jessica Eliot: AVID)

Foundations for the Future

Foundations for the Future
Presented by Smart Start of New Hanover County
(Andrea Taratino Smart Start)

Impacting Students to Impact our World

Impacting Students to Impact our World
Presented by JHS Administration and SLC Directors
(Angela Garland, Jacksonville HS)

The Basic Skills Department

The Basic Skills Department
Presented by Cape Fear Community College
(Melissa Singler, Cape Fear Community College)

Share Your Success Stories!

The Dropout Prevention Coalition would like to showcase regional success stories on our website and in the Member Updates section of our monthly newsletter. 

Do you have a story to share?  Please contact Dr. Janna Siegel Robertson at

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