Associate in Engineering partners with Early College Academy to offer a STEM Pathway

Published: Wednesday, February 05, 2020

Lance Gooden giving presentation to students.Johnston Community College’s Associate in Engineering Program is excited to announce it has expanded its partnership with Early College Academy (ECA), an innovative high school through Johnston County Schools. Starting fall 2020 the new STEM Pathway with the Early College Academy will accept 25 high achieving freshmen to ECA who will pursue the Associate in Engineering Degree or Associate in Science Degree with a concentration in Engineering! As with general ECA students, the STEM Pathway students will be dual enrolled and take a combination of high school and college courses each semester, starting in their freshman year. STEM Pathway students, however, will follow a more rigorous degree plan and course load.

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

Students listening to Lance Gooden giving presentation at the Early College Academy STEM Pathway presentationJCC is the only North Carolina community college with an Engineering-Focused STEM Pathway within an innovative high school located on its campus. This partnership gives our cohort unprecedented access to collegiate level faculty, resources, facilities, student activities and more. The STEM Pathway is designed to be a unique educational experience that marries college level course work with engaging co and extra-curricular activities. Students can “engineer” their 5 year dual enrollment experience by participating in a number of activities including Robotics, STEM Camps, internships, special presentations, workshops, community service, math team, engineering club and more! Faculty will be actively involved with the cohort by providing direct advising, leadership development, mentorship and academic support.

Our inaugural cohort starts fall 2020 and will experience our new state of the art 50,000 square foot engineering building by their 10th grade year! The STEM Pathway kicks off late summer with our L.A.U.N.C.H (Learn. Achieve. Understand. Network. Connect. Help) Orientation! For more information, please contact Lance Gooden, Department Chair of Mathematics, Engineering, Physics, Computer Science, History and Economics

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