Henderson County Early College

Welcome to HCEC, home of the Roadrunners!

“Henderson County Early College is proud to partner with North Carolina New Schools, a statewide public-private catalyst for education innovation.”

Congratulations to the students and staff at Henderson County Early College. Our school has been named an Honor School of Excellence by the state of North Carolina Department of Instruction based on the performance of our students and staff.

Vision:  Inspiring Success

Mission: Henderson County Early College provides a personalized, goal-oriented, rigorous educational program.  Our unique environment allows us to truly know our students so that we may help them define and reach their college, career and life goals.

School hours: 8:15 a.m.- 2:35 p.m.
Office hours:  7:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.

HCEC Receives Honor

Henderson County Early College was recognized for our

100%  cohort graduation rate in

by State Superintendent Dr. June Atkinson on October 6th, 2015, at a special ceremony.
Read all about it here.

HCEC Once Again a School of Learning and Innovation

HCEC has once again been approved as an NC New Schools/Breakthrough Learning School of Innovation and Excellence. This recognition identifies our school as a leader in academic excellence and innovative practice aligned with the specified Design Principles. Click here to read how Frank McKay, an education innovation specialist, defines innovation in education.

Western Regional Science Olympiad Competition

Congratulations to our Science Olympiad team who competed in the Western Regional Science Olympiad Competition at UNCA on Saturday, February 27. We placed sixth out of 12 teams and came home with a total of 22 medals! We were the only early college from the western region to compete. Our Rocket team came in first and will make a return trip to state competition. Our varsity team placed second in Air Trajectory, Bridge Building, and Green Generation. Our JV team placed first in Air Trajectory, Electric Vehicles, It’s About Time and second in Bridge Building, Disease Detectives and Wright Stuff. A special thanks to Coach Frady for driving our bus; Ms. Pierce, our team photographer; and Ms. Beddingfield for all her hard work and dedication.

Celine Skrivanek is DAR Good Citizen Award Winner

Celine Skrivanek was nominated by HCEC staff to receive the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award based on her leadership, community service, patriotism, and dependability. Celine was invited by the Joseph McDowell DAR to a luncheon at The Cedars to read her essay, “American Rights and Freedoms.” She was presented with a certificate of recognition and an award check in the amount of $50. Celine was accompanied by her parents, Regina and Edward Skrivanek, and our school guidance counselor, Mandi Willingham. HCEC is so proud of Celine!

HCEC Competes in the Foreign Language Contest at WCU

Western Carolina University’s thirty-fourth annual Foreign Language Contest for high school students was held on Tuesday, March 15, 2016, at WCU’s Ramsey Center. High school students  competed in the categories of music, skits, show & tell, how-to, extemporaneous speaking, poetry and quiz bowl. HCEC students won 1st place in Spanish Native Speaker Quiz Bowl, 2nd place in Spanish Quiz Bowl, and 2nd place in Spanish Music. Go Roadrunners!


HCEC Students and Staff Attend GAINS Conference 2016

Some of our students and teachers attended the GAINS Conference 2016 this week. GAINS (Girls Advancing in STEM) was held at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Staff and students spent two days touring science, math, and engineering classrooms and labs while visiting with professors. The purpose of GAINS is to help young women learn and explore the possibilities in STEM and hopefully encourage their pursuit of careers in those fields.