Now ready to transfer to a bachelor’s program in North Carolina, Henry Monterio’s college journey first began when he was a 15-year-old homeschool student in the NCC Early College program. “I probably completed 5 or 6 classes before I graduated high school and got into college,” said Henry.

Henry Monterio, Class of 2021, leans against a tree outdoorsEarly College invites high school students to take classes on campus for college and high school credit. Students can use the program to build a college transcript, and explore academic and career pathways. For Henry, it helped steer him toward marketing.

“My dad is an accountant, so I’ve always been around business. I wasn’t 100 percent sure what I wanted to do, but I knew I wanted to do something business-related. When I was still in high school, I took intro to marketing and thought it was neat.”

Henry took 2-3 Early College classes each semester in addition to his high school classes. After high school, the credits applied toward core classes and electives in his business degree at NCC.

At NCC, he enjoyed the small campus feel and made friends playing basketball during the lunch hour. Academically, he singled out the Marketing Capstone course for its “deep dive” approach to case studies, “The way it’s set up is great, you can really dive in to each case study and learn more about it.”

However, the highlight was the faculty connection. “Every professor I have I absolutely loved, especially John Carlisle, head of the business department. I have taken 3 or 4 classes with him; he’s one of my favorite teachers.”

With his 2-year associate degree completed, Henry will transfer to East Carolina University for his bachelor’s in marketing.

Advice to Future Students

“Definitely choose a community college before going to a 4-year right away. Even if you know what you want to do – because cost-wise, I’m paying for 2 years at a 4 year college,” he said, adding that the low-cost is particularly helpful for undecided students who may want time to explore their options.

“Especially if you don’t know what you want to do; community college is much, much better because you can take different classes and decide want you want to do from there.”

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