North Carolina Mathematics and Science Education Network (NC-MSEN) Pre-College Program
The WSSU Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education (CMSTE) is the newest North Carolina Mathematics and Science Education Network (NC-MSEN) Center. The coordinating offices are the WSSU (CMSTE) main office and the College of Arts and Sciences. A major goal of NC-MSEN is to increase the pool of students who graduate from North Carolina high schools prepared to pursue careers in mathematics and science. The NC-MSEN Pre-College Program recruits students to focus on mathematics and science careers and targets students from underrepresented populations who have not been prepared to pursue high-level mathematics and science-based courses.
The components of the WSSU Pre-College Program include a Saturday Academy, the Summer Enrichment Program, tutoring, mathematics and science competitions, field trips, Parent Involvement for Excellence (PIE) Clubs, leadership development, guest speakers in the fields of mathematics, science, technology, and engineering, and a recognition and awards banquet.
The Saturday Academy occurs during the fall and spring semesters. The students receive academic instruction in mathematics, science, English, and technology. In addition to mathematics and science topics covered throughout the year, students are made aware of academic course selection, SAT requirements and tips, the college selection process, financial aid and scholarships, and mathematics and science career opportunities. Parent workshops that focus on supporting children's education and academic preparation also are included.
The Summer Enrichment Program covers mathematics, science, technology, and English. Students complete a two-three week program where they are actively engaged in hands-on mathematics, science, and technology activities and enhance their communications skills, critical thinking, and writing ability. Furthermore, students take educational field trips, interact with guest speakers, and participate in community-related experiences.