MCE and WISE programs for high school students to hold open house on April 5

Learn about summer college-prep opportunities for high school juniors
Dr. Beth Potter and student
Credit: Penn State

ERIE, Pa. — Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, invites area high school juniors to apply to its two free college-prep summer programs, Minority College Experience (MCE) and Women in Science and Engineering (WISE).

An open house for prospective MCE or WISE students and their families will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5, in 117 Reed Union Building. Admission is free and no reservation is needed.

Both MCE and WISE offer students the opportunity to take a free course for college credit plus participate in field trips, workshops, mentoring programs and other learning experiences. Students who complete either program with a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher will be assured admission to Penn State Behrend the following year.

In addition to free tuition, MCE and WISE students also are given textbooks, parking permits or bus passes, and a lunch stipend.

MCE is open to male and female students of color, and to any student from an economically disadvantaged background. WISE seeks female students of all backgrounds who want to explore career opportunities in the math, science, engineering and health professions.

The deadline to apply to either program is Thursday, April 27. For an application or additional information about MCE or WISE, visit or contact Penn State Behrend admissions counselor Melissa Grimm at 898-6100 or [email protected].