College-NOW for High School Students
College-NOW started as an attempt to help address two issues: a lack of engineers in the region served by North Central State College and having quality young people leave the area to gain further education and employment. The concept was based on “what if” the program could help the young achievers and their families start college during their high school years and “what if” this could be done at little or no cost to families. The hope was that these young engineers would seek employment with local companies by means of their two-year associate degrees. It was also hoped that these students would pursue four-year degrees with the advantage of having two years already completed. Working in collaboration, Pioneer Career and Technology Center and NC State launched the College-NOW program in the fall of 2004. North Central State College was awarded a FIPSE grant (Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education) which provided essential start-up funds for the program.
There are currently three areas of study for College-NOW students: Engineering, Bioscience and Business.