Upcoming Virtual ASPIRE (ACT Supplemental Preparation in Rural Education) Class

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width="428" height="324"Be on the look out for our virtual ASPIRE(ACT Supplemental Preparation in Rural Education) class. Shannon Coleman, 4-H Agent in Cherokee County, and Julie Lyvers, 4-H Agent in Clay County, will be offering the ASPIRE program to students online coming at the end of September. The cost of the class is less then $100 and will be offered between the end of September and should be completed before Christmas break. Students that participate usually raise their scores on the actual ACT. Also this is a great way for the students who are juniors in high school to be prepared for the free ACT test that the state provides for all students at the end of February or first of March each year.

ASPIRE is designed to bridge deficits in rural high school students’ performance on the ACT College Entrance Examination in order to increase the number of students pursuing higher education.

width="328" height="357"Why ASPIRE?

Traditional CALS agriculture departments are struggling to recruit, admit, and retain students interested in pursuing bachelor’s degrees.

Rural high school students with an interest in pursuing careers in North Carolina agriculture are often not successful in gaining admissions to 4-year institutions offering agricultural degrees.

This is often due to their test scores on a college entrance examination.

As a high school student, preparing for a college entrance examination like the ACT can be pretty difficult. Cooperative Extension Agents and public high school teachers have teamed up to offer courses in rural counties to prepare sophomores and juniors for the ACT College Entrance Examination through the ASPIRE program.

This program is for everyone not just those planning on going into an agricultural field of study.

Why should I participate in ASPIRE?

By participating in an ASPIRE class, you will learn the latest tactics and strategies to improve your ACT score.

The program is open to rural high school sophomores and juniors and includes 30 hours of ACT course instruction where students will learn the skills they need to tackle the ACT.

Students also receive the Princeton Review ACT study manual, the Princeton Review 1,460 practice question manual, and access to 4 ACT full-length practice exams with score analysis and breakdown.