Pre-College Initiative Program

What is PCI? 
The National Society of Black Engineers Pre-College Initiative program will lead the world in enhancing the precollege students’ Academic, Technical, and Leadership skills in order to maximize their success in life. The Pre-College Initiative (PCI) Program is designed to stimulate the interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields, or STEM. The goal is to encourage students in grades K–12 to attend college and pursue technical degrees. Our PCI program provides activities to help students discover firsthand how engineering and technology relate to the world around them and discover the excitement of academic excellence, leadership, technical development and teamwork. One of our signature programs is Summer Engineering Experience for Kids (SEEK), a free, three-week day camp for students in grades 3-5 and grades 6-8.

 

Objectives of PCI 

  • To help students have a positive attitude toward academic excellence
  • To stimulate enthusiasm about science, technology, engineering and mathematics
  • To encourage K–12th graders to pursue degrees in engineering and other technical fields
  • To increase the number of African Americans attending and graduating from college
  • To encourage and support parental commitment to children’s education
  • To raise cultural awareness among students

 

What are the benefits of becoming a NSBE Jr. member? 
  • College Admissions Preparation – Obtain materials to prepare you for the PSAT, SAT, and ACT. Participate in technical competitions such as the Tri-Mathalon, TEN80, Mathcounts competitions. Receive college application information including how to get into college, financial aid information, etc. (valued at up to $500)
  • Discounted Kaplan Test Prep services and materials – You can also receive a chance to win a free test prep class offered by Kaplan.
  • Scholarships and Awards – Awarded to NSBE Jr. members in high school who have excelled academically and expressed an interest in pursuing a career in engineering and related fields.  Subscription to The Bridge – the NSBE magazine that caters to pre-college students. (a $15 value)
  • Discount Registrations for conferences and events including the Annual Convention/PCI Mini Conference held annually in March. Our conferences offer innovative programming designed to expose youth to science, technology, engineering & math (STEM)
  • Leadership Development – Develop your leadership skills by serving in many chapter and some regional leadership roles
  • Opportunity to meet other NSBE Jr., Collegiate, and Alumni members from around the world who have walked in the footsteps that you intend to.
  • Opportunities to be mentored and/or tutored by College Students or Technical Professionals currently working in a STEM field