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Education continued

In high school, students will have access to:   Union Academy (UA) focuses on                foot expansion project means all of their
  •	 StrengthsExplorer, a strengths                                                          students will be on one campus for the
      assessment that identifies each           Challenge, Character and Community,          2018-19 school year. Find out more about
      students’ three strongest emerging        preparing their students for success in      Union Academy at
      talents and helps them identify what      college or a career of their choice. They
      they need to do to continue building      have more than 17 years of success, serving  South Piedmont Community
      on their strengths                        1,700 students in grades K-12. Union         College (SPCC) serves Anson and
  •	 Career Interest Profiler, a career         Academy is a tuition-free public school,
      interest assessment that matches          enrolling students through a public lottery  Union counties with campuses in Monroe,
      students’ interests with activities and/  each spring.                                 Polkton, and Wadesboro. Committed to
      or occupations                            Whether students join the UA family          scheduling courses in a variety of lengths
                                                in kindergarten or years later, they and     and times to accommodate students’
Naviance will be implemented in middle          their families can be confident they are     needs, SPCC offers on-campus courses as
and high schools this fall.                     graduating from an exceptional school        well as distance learning programs.
Stay Connected                                  which challenges and encourages all          With campuses in Union and Anson
The school district uses several tools to stay  students to reach for their dreams.          counties, South Piedmont Community
connected with community members.               Union Academy was named a 2016 National      College has prepared thousands of men
UCPS Snapshots, a monthly e-newsletter          School of Character (one of just 64 in the   and women for great careers, right here
for community members, was launched             nation), a 2016 North Carolina School of     at home—conveniently and affordably.
in August and features timely information       Character (one of just four schools in the   SPCC, which is North Carolina’s newest
about district programs and initiatives         state), and a Charlotte Observer Regional    community college, created in 1999,
as well as the great work that staff and        Top 10 Workplace. Just in the 2016-17        offers dozens of credit programs, including
students are doing in the school district’s 53  school year, Union Academy high school       college transfer, as well as many short-term
schools. To sign up for UCPS Snapshots, text    students performed 40,850 community-         continuing education opportunities offered
UCPSNEWS to 22828.                              service hours.                               year-round. South Piedmont is also a leader
UCPS also regularly posts updates on social     Academic honors include a 99% graduation     in Basic Skills instruction for adults who
media via the Union County Public Schools       rate for the Class of 2017, with 94% of      want to complete high school or improve
Facebook page, Twitter                          graduates accepted into college or career-   their reading, writing, mathematics, and
(@UCPS_MonroeNC) and Instagram                  education programs. In 2016, Union           communication skills.
(UCPSNC) accounts.                              Academy’s ACT scores were above national     South Piedmont is growing—serving nearly
                                                and state averages, and their SAT scores     6,000 credit and continuing education
                                                were 43 points above the national average.   students annually. But even as the college
                                                Thanks to incredible community and           grows, extensive hands-on experience and
                                                business support, a 100,000-square-          one-on-one instruction remain hallmarks of
                                                                                             South Piedmont’s approach to learning.

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