Registration for ASPIRE (ACT Prep) Program Now Open

Posted On August 24, 2016— Written By

clover - lighter greenAre you a high school sophomore or junior looking to enhance your ACT scores for college?

Chatham County 4-H will be conducting a new ACT Supplemental Preparation in Rural Education (ASPIRE) program during the fall semester geared toward high school sophomores and juniors looking to gain a competitive edge with their ACT preparation. The program consists of 30 hours of ACT course instruction as well as access to four ACT full-length practice exams, including score analysis and breakdown. Students will receive the Princeton Review ACT Study Manual in addition to the Princeton Review 1,460 Practice Question Manual.

Classes will be held at the Agriculture Building in Pittsboro on Monday evenings, and diagnostic exams will be administered on select Saturdays in September, October, and November. A complete instructional schedule can be found here.

At this time, traditional agricultural departments are struggling to recruit, admit, and retain students interested in pursuing undergraduate degrees. Rural high school students with a rich history and interest in pursuing careers in agriculture within the state of North Carolina are oftentimes not successful in gaining admission to four year institutions offering such degrees; this is often directly associated to their test scores on college entrance examinations. The ASPIRE program is designed to bridge demonstrated deficits in rural high school students’ performance on the ACT College Entrance Examination in hopes of increasing the number of competitive student applicants pursuing higher education.

As a high school student, preparing for a college entrance examination like the ACT can be extremely difficult. By participating in an ASPIRE class, students will learn the latest tactics and strategies to help them improve their ACT scores and become the most competitive applicants possible.

Registration for the fall semester program is now open, and the application deadline has been set for Wednesday, September 14, 2016. Students may register online or via a paper application. Students DO NOT need to submit payment with their initial application. If you are accepted to the ASPIRE program, the on-campus coordinator will contact you with acceptance details and supply you with information on where to submit your payment. Please note that there is a $65 NON-REFUNDABLE cost imposed for the Princeton Review ACT Preparatory materials and a $100 REFUNDABLE cost to participate in the ASPIRE program. Students will be reimbursed based on their attendance.

For additional information regarding Chatham County 4-H programming, please contact Ginger Cunningham or Carolyn Johnson in the Chatham County Center. For more information regarding the ASPIRE application process or program, please contact the on-campus ASPIRE program coordinator, Joanna Eglinton.

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