Aug. 9, 2018
TO THE EDITOR:
I am so excited to be the principal of MaST Early College High School, the first early college model in Carteret County. The positive response from our community has been overwhelming. We are here to serve the students of Carteret County Public Schools as the fourth high school in our system. This is a unique opportunity for our students and we thank the Carteret County Board of Education and Carteret Community College. We truly appreciate the funding support from the Carteret County Commissioners.
MaST Early College High School is an innovative high school where students can begin to earn college credit as a 9th grader while meeting the requirements for a N.C. High School Diploma. We are focused on Marine Science and Technologies, but it is very individualized for all pathways that the community college offers.
Students that attend MaST submit an application, followed by a rubric and then a lottery for admission. The population is diverse and offers kids the opportunity to be certified in a trade for career bound, earn an associates degree or fast track their way to a 4-year college or university. We are focused on “homegrown” opportunities so that our students will give back to our community once they complete their career choice.
Our mission for MaST is as follows: Career Bound. College Ready. Student Centered. Our vision is as follows: MaST Early College High School believes in creating a rigorous academic environment where everyone belongs and will succeed, by integrating the high school and community college experience.
Early College High School students have unique and difference opportunities as opposed to those in traditional high schools. As an Early College High School 9th grader, a student can take any course offered by the Community College. If that same student remained in the traditional high school, college courses are not offered until their 11th grade year, and then those are limited with the students needing to meet specific criteria.
We invite the public to attend our Open House on Monday, Aug. 13th, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. as we welcome the Class of 2022. Our first classes will take place on Aug. 15th, and we are ready to serve. We want to build partnerships with our local business owners and organizations. We will also have the opportunity to take “mini-field” trips during this time to expose our students to the wide array of opportunities available in our county.
If you are interested in partnering with us, we have every Friday afternoon from 1:15 to 2:30 available. Feel free to call me at 252-222-7990.
Let’s go Beacons!