CNU and NNPS form partnership to create path to college

Posted: December 3, 2018

A new partnership program will grant early admission to Christopher Newport University to as many as 75 highly qualified Newport News high school sophomore students per year.

At a ceremony at Warwick High School on November 28, Christopher Newport University President Paul Trible and Newport News Public Schools Superintendent Dr. George Parker III signed the Memorandum of Understanding that will guide the Community Captains program.

"We are extremely pleased that more students from our schools will have the opportunity to attend Christopher Newport University, a nationally ranked institution that we are fortunate to have in our community," Parker said. "This program offers myriad advantages to our students, including ongoing mentorship by CNU volunteers, additional college and career advisement, and the ability to experience a class at CNU as a high school senior."

"We are eager to welcome these well-qualified Community Captains to Christopher Newport University," Trible stated. "We are committed to doing everything in our power to help these students learn and grow while we deepen the bond between our university and the city that we call home."

The program is open to 10th graders if they will be a first-generation college student or if they qualify for free or reduced lunch. Eligible students must have a high school GPA of 3.4 or a PSAT score of at least 1150.

During their years in the program, the Community Captains will have access to on-campus learning opportunities, CNU student mentors, and ongoing guidance and support through all aspects of preparing for college. As high school seniors, Community Captains will have the option of taking a free Christopher Newport statistics class and earn college credit. If they maintain their 3.4 GPA and fulfill all program requirements, they will be offered final acceptance to the University.

The first class of Community Captains, all 10th graders, will be selected in spring 2019 from An Achievable Dream, Heritage and Warwick high schools. They will be Christopher Newport University freshmen in 2021 and graduate in 2025. About 25 NNPS students already enroll at Christopher Newport University every year and have a strong record of success, both in college and beyond.

NNPS Superintendent and CNU President formalize the partnership agreement
NNPS Superintendent and CNU President formalize the partnership agreement