The North Carolina Board of Education recognized the STEM Early College at N.C. A&T for excellence in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in their meeting Thursday.
The early college was one of just 12 schools recognized by the state this year. To earn the recognition, schools must prove they implement all eleven attributes of a quality STEM program. The attributes ensure the programs integrate their STEM curriculum with state, national, international and industry standards; have ongoing community and industry engagement; and have connections to post-secondary education.
“Being one of 12 schools recognized in the state of North Carolina is a huge deal,” says Stacey Alston, principal at the STEM Early College at N.C. A&T. “This recognition means that we are one of the top STEM high schools in the state. It is validation of the hard work of my staff, students and parents, as well as the support from Guilford County Schools, North Carolina A&T State University and our donors. This is a testimony that when you have everyone working together for a common goal and vision that anything is possible.”
The school will hold its recognition status for three years. After three years, the school must reapply for NC STEM Recognition consideration.