The ACT Supplemental Preparation in Rural Education (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. Traditional agriculture 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 agriculture 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 are offering courses in rural counties to prepare sophomores and juniors for the ACT College Entrance Examination through the ASPIRE program. 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.

Questions? Contact the ASPIRE Program Coordinator at