Haywood Early College Accepting Fall Applications

Mar 26, 2014
Photo by: Donated photo 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.

HEC will be celebrating National College Awareness Week from March 23-30. An open house is being held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday March 27 to help recruit the freshman class for the next year.

Haywood Early College (HEC) is a program available to students who are rising freshmen in high school. The early college program is a statewide initiative that allows high school students to earn both a high school diploma and 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.

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 receive more information about what is offered for them at HEC. In order to be considered for HEC, students must complete an application. To request an application, contact HEC at 828-565-4000. Applications will be accepted through May 1.

For more information, visit www.hec.haywood.k12.nc.us/.