Haywood Community College


Contacts: Debra M. Davis, Diana S. Conard

185 Freedlander Drive

Clyde, NC 28721

828-627-4521 Fax: 828-627-4513

Date: 7-24-06

For immediate release.


Dr. John Heath is the new Haywood Early College Liaison and instructor at Haywood Community College. In this position, Heath will coordinate efforts between the Haywood County School System and HCC, act in an administrative capacity for Haywood Early College, and teach music appreciation and success and study skills.

Located on the main campus, Haywood Early College will serve as an 'Earn and Learn' high school. The accelerated, academically rigorous program is modeled on the new vision set forth by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. It will enable high school students to earn a high school diploma and complete sufficient college credit to earn an associate degree or complete transfer requirements by the end of their senior year.

Heath has a bachelor's degree from East Carolina University in music education, a master's in music from Appalachian State University, and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While this is his first experience at the community college level, he has taught at the elementary and middle school levels, as well as a position as assistant principal at a high school. Heath has also been an international exchange student advisor, working with students from all over the world.

"Young people have the potential to be problem solvers and the positive contributions they make are often overlooked," Heath explains. "Not enough time is spent on focusing on their potential. We need to help young people think of themselves as the future, as well as leaders now."

The North Carolina native sees Haywood Early College as a unique initiative to give high school students a chance to experience college life while benefiting from small class sizes. Beginning with a little over 50 students, Haywood Early College students will get a chance to know their classmates, as well as their instructors in a nontraditional setting.

"The challenge Haywood Early College will face this first year is to make sure it is successful. This is a good opportunity to encourage students to attend college and take transfer credits with them when they finish. It's a chance for us to set the school apart and give students a choice," Heath said.

Heath enjoys traveling, volunteering for community service, visiting restaurants, and reading history and biographies. He is a big Star Wars and Carolina basketball fan.


(Cutline: ) Dr. John Heath will serve as Haywood Early College Liaison and instructor. Haywood Early College will begin its first year in August.