East Central College is taking steps to strengthen its early college programs at area high schools. At the April 1 Board of Trustees meeting, Megen Poytner was approved as the new Director of Early College Programs. The position, formerly known as the Director of Dual Credit and College Readiness, will coordinate, develop and maintain dual credit, dual enrollment, dual technical credit and early college high school programs.
“Ms. Poynter will work closely with counselors at our partner high schools to build enrollment and create pathways to enrollment as full-time East Central College students following high school graduation,” said President Dr. Jon Bauer.
“My top priority will be learning more about what each high school needs from ECC to foster improved communication and collaboration,” Poynter said. “I will also be pursuing accreditation for our early college programs, through the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP), an organization that works to ensure consistency between college and dual credit offerings.”
It’s a homecoming for Poynter, who spent nearly a decade as an employee of the college in various roles including Learning Center Specialist, Associate Registrar and Director of Admissions.
“As a graduate and former employee, ECC has shaped my life in countless, positive ways,” she explained. “I am grateful for this opportunity to give back.”
Most recently, she worked in Union High School as a college and career counselor for the Ayres Foundation, serving as a resource and advocate for students looking to enter or remain in post-secondary institutions and careers.
“I think it is important for ECC to have a dedicated person in this role,” she added. “Developing and maintaining stronger partnerships with our school districts will increase the number of students taking advantage of post-secondary opportunities close to home.”
Poynter received her master’s degree in education from the University of Missouri – St. Louis and her bachelor’s degree in media communications and public relations from Webster University.