In 2003 a new form of education was born with a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation. It was called Early College, and would help accelerate a high-school student’s ability to begin college work. The first Early College was in North Carolina at Guildford College. Today, there are 113 early college programs in North Carolina, with many others scattered around the country. For churches and ministries doing collegiate work, the Early College concept presents unique challenges and opportunities for ministry: high-school students on a college campus, administered by a high-school system.