Early College juniors traveled across the state on a four-day college exploration trip.

During the course of the trip, students visited the University of North Carolina campuses at Greensboro, Chapel Hill, Wilmington and School of the Arts, as well as N.C. State University.

Students also got to visit Marine Quest at UNC-W to take part in hands-on science activities.

“We participated in a seining activity in a salt water marsh, measuring barrier reefs at the ocean, a squid dissection and collected plankton to observe under microscopes. We also visit the aquarium in Fort Fisher and the kids had a little time at the State Fair. It's a whirlwind trip, but a great one,” MEC teacher Terri Ingle told The McDowell News about the experience.

The 11th-grade trip is connected to a seminar course in which 11th grade students begin to explore and visit colleges across the state, Ingle explained. The majority of students are working toward a degree in college transfer, so the trip helps them consider schools and prepare for their final year.

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