Early College Academy Adds 25 Seats For New STEM Pathway

Johnston Community College’s Associate in Engineering Program and Johnston County Early College Academy (JCECA) are expanding their partnership by launching a new STEM Pathway.

The STEM Pathway, which focuses on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, is a track specifically for high achieving students interested in pursuing the Associate in Engineering degree or the Associate in Science with an Engineering concentration. Like general JCECA students, STEM Pathway students will be dual enrolled in high school and community college courses.

JCECA will select 25 incoming freshmen each year to benefit from this accelerated instruction. STEM Pathway applications for the Fall 2020 semester are available online. JCECA currently accepts 50 new students each year, and this new program will expand that number to 75.

“We are very excited to begin accepting additional students this coming school year,” said JCECA Principal Robert Daniels. “We are looking forward to continuing our partnership with JCC and what that means for our STEM students.”

Students who have already applied to JCECA for the upcoming fall semester may reapply for admission to this new program. The application deadline for all JCECA programs is Feb. 14.

“Students accepted to the STEM Pathway at the Early College Academy will thrive with a technology-enriched curriculum designed to activate analytical, critical, and inventive thinking,” said Lance Gooden, Department Chair of Engineering. “We are committed to preparing students to drive innovation and adapt to new circumstances and processes in the 21st century STEM workforce.”

The addition of the program is part of a larger educational pathway that coincides with the construction of a new JCC engineering building, which is scheduled to break ground Fall 2020.

“JCECA is growing and will continue to afford a variety of opportunities to both our current and new students as we journey with JCC to guide them into a bright and promising future,” said Daniels.