The ASPIRE program 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.  This is a cooperative initiative through the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University and North Carolina Cooperative Extension.

Traditional “Ag” departments are struggling to recruit, admit, and retain students interested in pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees. Rural high school students with a rich history and interest in pursuing careers in Agriculture in the state of North Carolina are not successful in gaining in admissions to 4-year institutions offering B.S. Agriculture Degrees; this is often times 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!  Fortunately, your local Cooperative Extension Agent and Public High School Teachers are now offering a course to prepare you for the ACT College Entrance Examination through the ASPIRE (ACT Supplemental Preparation In Rural Education) Program.  By participating in an ASPIRE ACT Class, you will learn the latest tactics and strategies to improve your ACT score and increase your chances of getting into college!

The program includes The Princeton Review ACT study manual, The Princeton Review  1,296 practice question manual, 4 ACT full-length practice exams with score analysis and breakdown, The Princeton Review selective college admissions booklet, and 30 hours of class time instruction, where students will learn the skills they need to be able to tackle the ACT.