Montgomery County Early College History
Founded in 2017, Montgomery County Early College (MCEC) is located on the campus of Montgomery Community College (MCC). MCEC is a non-traditional public high school that is part of the North Carolina Cooperative Innovative High Schools Program. Each year, MCEC enrolls approximately 50 new freshmen and serves students in grades 9 - 13. MCEC strives to maintain a diverse student population representative of the student population of Montgomery County. In 2018 MCEC ranked in the top 119 schools in North Carolina. MCEC’s first graduating class crossed the stage in 2020. 89% of these students earned their Associate Degree in addition to their high school diploma.
All MCEC students take honors-level high school courses and college-level courses. MCEC provides students the opportunity to earn, tuition-free, two years of college credit or an Associate Degree in four or five years while simultaneously earning a high school diploma. Students may earn one of the following Associate degrees from Montgomery Community College:
Associate in Arts
Associate in Science
Associate in Engineering
Associate in Industrial Maintenance