NC Mathematics and Science Education Network Pre-College Program
The mission of the North Carolina Mathematics and Science Education Network (NC-MSEN) is to increase the pool of North Carolina high school graduates prepared to pursue careers requiring mathematics and science.
The WSSU NC-MSEN Pre-College Program recruits students from grades (6-12) 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 WSSU NC-MSEN Pre-College Program is the largest pre-college program at Winston-Salem State University.
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.
The Science, Literacy, Enrichment and Mathematics (SLEM) Summer Program is a component of the NC-MSEN Pre-College Program. SLEM is designed to provide "STEM" enrichment, with a focus in literacy, to underserved, at-risk 3rd, 4th and 5th graders with an emphasis on minority males.