Wake STEM Early College High School

Hailey Mesmer student teaching at Wake STEM Early College High School

Wake STEM Early College High School opened in the fall of 2011 as a partnership between Wake County Public Schools and NC State University. As an early college high school, students participate in an accelerated high school education program that offers honors courses to prepare students for the rigor of college.

In the first two years of the program, students complete their required high school courses to prepare them to take courses at the university. In the final two or three years of the program, students will take courses at both the early college and the university with the support of the college liaison at NC State. Successful students can graduate from this program with a high school diploma and up to 60 college credits.

Wake STEM Early College High School is a Wake County Public School that is in partnership with the NC State College of Education. This program falls under the leadership of the associate dean of student success and strategic community engagement within the College of Education.

Families interested in enrolling their students in Wake STEM Early College High School should contact the early college directly.

School Website: https://www.wcpss.net/stemec
School Phone Number: 919-515-2255
School Principal: Drew Ware

Liaison Name: Amber C. McGregor
Liaison Email: amber_mcgregor@ncsu.edu
Liaison Phone: 919-515-1633

Amber C. McGregorAmber C. McGregor
Early College High School (ECHS) Liaison

Amber Carr McGregor is the early college high school (ECHS) liaison at North Carolina State University. In her current role, she is responsible for serving as the primary advocate for the Wake STEM ECHS. McGregor works to facilitate a successful transition for the students from high school classes to university courses as they graduate from the program with a high school diploma and up to two years of transferable college credit. She supports opportunities to align the talent and resources of NC State with Wake County Public Schools and seeks out opportunities to collaborate with existing programs at the university to enhance the students’ success. McGregor also serves as the primary advisor for the STEM ECHS students, helping them to select and enroll in appropriate NC State courses that align with their career and major interests. Additionally, she works directly with the high school juniors in the classroom, teaching a two-semester sequence of courses that emphasizes the students’ transition from high school to college and the meaningful exploration of goals, values, careers and majors. 

McGregor completed her B.S. in applied sociology at NC State University, received her Master of Public Health with a concentration in health policy and administration from East Carolina University, and earned her M.S. in parks, recreation, sports management, and tourism from NC State.