Early College accepting applications for 2018-2019

McDowell Early College (MEC) is accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year.

Housed at McDowell Technical Community College, MEC offers a smaller academic environment that fosters growth and success. They prepare students for their future by developing relationships, responsibility and respect through relevant and rigorous coursework.

An MEC student is a capable individual who possesses maturity and independence to accept the challenges of this progressive school. MEC students should be prepared to complete honors-level high school courses in addition to college-level courses. A student who is accepted into the program should be interested and excited to be part of an interactive community of peers and faculty.

Applications are due Wednesday, Feb. 28 and are accepted in person at the MEC office or via email. Applications must be postmarked no later than February 28 to 54 College Drive in Marion.

MEC will select approximately 50 students for the next school year. The recommendation from the N.C. Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) and Innovative High Schools Division is that 80 percent of students will be first-generation college students. The MEC definition for first-generation college student is students whose biological parents have not completed a bachelor’s degree. The selection process is based on a 28-point rubric. The rubric is based on attendance, grades, end-of-grade test scores, parent education level, household income and student essay.

Along with the application, prospective students need to complete an essay requirement explaining the qualities or character traits they possess in order to be a successful student at MEC.

Applications are available at the MEC office or online at mec.mcdowell.k12.nc.us. To learn more, call 659-0411.

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