COMPASS Summer Experience

COMPASS is a week-long summer immersion program for high school students who would like to explore an academic field of interest with college-level instructors and get a taste of the college experience. Students will now have two opportunities to attend COMPASS in 2020 during the weeks of June 21 and June 28! We invite all interested students to complete our FREE online Pre-Registration Form to stay up-to-date with the newest details as they become available.


The Cybersecurity immersion programs allow students to participate in 20 hours of cybersecurity instruction and hands-on learning, fun evening activities, and an event-closing competition in which students will put their new knowledge to the test.

Exercise Science

The Exercise Science immersion program focuses on the principles of exercise science—what it encompasses, how it applies to healthy living, and what to do with a degree in the field. We will introduce various aspects of exercise science through a combination of lecture and laboratory activities.


The Herpetology immersion program will focus on an ecological study of reptiles and amphibians. The goals include finding and examining reptiles and amphibians, an introduction to scientific research data collection, and a lab component where we will discuss anatomy of snakes.

Audio Production

In the Audio Production immersion program, students will learn computer-based audio production, audio synthesis, basic audio acoustics, microphone technique, mixing, and how to navigate popular music production software—specifically, Ableton Live and Logic Pro X.

Business Innovation

The Business Innovation immersion program will focus on the principles of business. During the week, students will learn about the world of business from successful Western North Carolina business leaders, tour startup ventures, and develop their own business concepts.


Please contact COMPASS Program Director Erin Chapman via email at or via phone at 828.669.8012 ext. 3821. Or click the link below.