GREENSBORO — A UNCG research center will use a new $5 million grant to study a program that lets North Carolina students take college classes while they’re in high school.

The U.S. Department of Education grant will go to the SERVE Center.

The university said Tuesday that the center will work with the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, the N.C. Community College System and the RAND Corp. to study the cost, implementation and outcomes of students enrolled in the state’s Career and College Promise program.

Career and College Promise is a dual-enrollment program that helps high school students earn both high school and college credits. Some Career and College Promise students take classes at local community colleges or universities. Others enroll in early colleges, which are specialized public high schools on college campuses.

The grant is another major award for the SERVE Center, which has won more than $200 million in education-related contracts and grants in 30 years.

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