Dr. Mannie Hall, Clayton State University’s director of Academic Outreach, is proud to say that Noni Carter was one of “his” students.
Carter, an 18-year-old resident of Fayetteville who is currently enrolled as a freshman at Harvard University, just had her first novel published. And although most of the news stories will note her Harvard connection, she received her start in higher education in Clayton State’s Dual Enrollment program.
Early in January 2010, Carter’s debut novel (she’s already planning her second one) "Good Fortune," (Simon & Schuster, $16.99) was published after six years of labor. "Good Fortune" is historical fiction, telling the story of a young slave named Anna and her journey from Africa to America, and her pursuit of freedom… sort of a “Roots” for the 21st Century.
“Noni was one of my full-time, two-year Dual Enrollment students on our main campus,” Hall recalls. “She is very talented, unique, and capable. Many of the minority Dual Enrollment students attend the Ivy League schools.
“This is a noteworthy outcome generated from a qualitative Dual Enrollment Program approach versus a quantitative approach. Much work went on behind the scenes to help this early college student succeed and move on to an Ivy League education.”