Early College and Career STEM Program

At northeast high school

Preparing Nebraska’s future workforce in the areas of food, energy, water and societal systems as well as provide students the opportunity to earn early college credit through Nebraska Now.

Introducing The Early college and career stem program at northeast high school

ECCSP In the News...

Featured on "Pure Nebraska" (Facebook)

10/11 highlights the new joint program between Lincoln Northeast High School and UNL’s College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources. Hear how the program gets agriculture into the classroom

Discussed on RFD-TV's Market Day Report (Youtube)

Tiffany Heng-Moss, dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, appears live on RFD-TV about the new Early College and Career STEM Program. The program aired Oct. 6, 2020.


The pre-pathway is for all 9th and 10th grade students at Northeast High School. FEWS2 concepts are integrated into math, science, world language, and social studies instruction – with more to come. CASNR will provide experiential learning opportunities for students in the pre-pathway, such as field experiences on campus, and exciting guest speakers and hands on learning at Northeast.

Early College and Career Pathway

The early college and career pathway is for 11th and 12th grade students at Northeast High School who plan to pursue a 2- or 4-year degree upon graduation or who wish to enter the workforce with experience and knowledge that gives them an edge in attaining a job in a FEWS2 discipline. Students will be able to take college credit classes and receive a certificate or digital badge that demonstrates competency in a specific area. Students engaged in this pathway will also be able to pursue internship opportunities.

Possible courses offered through Nebraska now

  • UNL Biotechnology: Food, Health & Environment
  • UNL Insect Biology
  • UNL Fundamentals Of Animal Biology & Industry
  • UNL Invasive Plant Species: Impacts On Ecosystems
  • UNL Plant Science
  • UNL Companion Animal & Equine Behavior
  • UNL Animal Products
  • UNL Science & Decision-Making For A Complex World
  • UNL The Science Of Food
  • UNL Water In Society

Nebraska Now courses have reduced tuition ($330/flat fee per course). Students eligible for free and reduced lunch can apply for free tuition through the Nebraska ACE scholarship program, additional scholarships from the Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools are available.

FEWS2 Experience 1,2,3,4 — an LPS course taught on campus or at Northeast - depending on registration numbers

The core of the Early College and Career STEM focus program with Northeast is Food, Energy, Water, and Societal Systems (FEWSS). The course will involve a monthly theme tied back to all parts of agriculture: Environmental Stewardship, Entrepreneurship Designers, Food System Futurists, Health System Innovators, Community Leaders, and Global Learners. Students will experience hands-on immersions, such as working with a UNL faculty member in an area of interest related to FEWSS, or having a work based learning experience.

Environmental Stewards

You want to find out how you can make our Earth a better place

Entrepreneurial Designers

You love to design, tinker, and you may even have ideas for a business

Food System Futurists

You want to know how your love of plants, animals, or food can help feed the world

Health System Innovators

Your dream is to collaborate on medical solutions for the future

Community Leaders

You want to make your community a better place to live


You enjoy finding evidence to solve problems

Who can attend?

Students who will be entering grades 11 and 12 at Northeast High School during the 2022-23 school year will be able to submit their application during the 2021-22 school year.

Learn More

To learn even more about this exciting program and collaboration between LPS and UNL, visit UNL’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources