Early college applications open

Feb 28, 2014
From left to right:  Anthony Finney, Kade Hale, Kaleigh Davis, Hannah Smith, Julia Brumfield, Sophia Jackson.  Students in Ms. Stiles STEM class building and testing cars for math analysis.

Haywood Early College (HEC), a program available to students who are rising freshmen in high school, is now accepting applications.

The early college program is a state-wide initiative that allows high school students to earn both a high school diploma and community college associates degree simultaneously.  All of the expenses for college are paid for through the program, including tuition, books, and student fees.

HEC is located on the Haywood Community College campus.

As a Haywood County public school, students of HEC are provided with busing, on-site school lunch, and have the benefits of many traditional high schools including prom, yearbook and school trips.  Because of limited enrollment, the average entering freshmen class is about 50 students.  Students begin taking college classes their first semester in the program and so are given a academic support in order to be successful.

Those who are interested in  attending HEC are invited to an open house from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 6.  The open house will feature presentations with more details on the program, campus tours, and a chance to meet staff and current students.

HEC students will be going to the middle schools in Haywood County to do presentations for rising freshmen to recieve more information about what is offered for them at HEC.  To be considered for HEC, students must complete an application from the middle school counselors or by contacting HEC.

Learn more at www.hec.haywood.k12.nc.us/ or contact the school at 565-4000.

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