Future Teachers of North Carolina - Western Region Event

Want to learn more about what it takes to be a teacher in North Carolina?

Apply to attend the Future Teachers of North Carolina Western Region Event!

Rising high school juniors and seniors interested in education are invited to participate in a FREE and immersive two-day campus event featuring education programs from eight universities in the region. Learn what it is like to be a future teacher on a college campus! 

When: Friday, May 3, 2024, and Saturday, May 4, 2024

Time: 9:00am- 5:00pm each day *Full agenda will be available soon

Where: On the campus of Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina

Participant Criteria

  • Interest in learning more about teaching as a career.
  • Rising high school juniors and seniors in North Carolina.
  • Participate in the full two-day experience.
  • Complete and submit the participation application.

Apply to attend!

If you are an individual student, complete this form.

If you are an instructor or club advisor for a group of students, complete this form.

Registrations are filling up. Don't miss out. 

Registrations are still being accepted.

The deadline for hotel accommotation requests has passed. Accommodation requests are no longer being accepted.

Registrations for individuals requiring hotel commodations must be received by April 10, 2024.  Participants may qualify for hotel accomodations if they reside 50+ miles from the App State campus. Submit your interest form today to find out if you qualify.


Questions about the event? Email FTNC24@appstate.edu.

Learn what it takes to be FIRST for Teaching.

This two-day event is beneficial to those who are looking to be a teacher. Benefits include:

  • Presentation from the key educational leaders and the 2023 Wells Fargo Principal of the Year, Donna Bledsoe.
  • Engage in creative and fun activities.
  • Interact with North Carolina leaders in education.
  • Develop friendships with diverse high school students throughout the state.
  • Meet current students and hear the stories of their journeys into education.
  • Learn about the college admissions process, financial aid, campus life and academic support programs offered.
  • Participate in innovative activities and enhance your communication skills.
  • Engage with university teacher education students and faculty mentors.
  • Learn more about the teaching profession through presentations and small group discussions.
  • Receive ongoing mentoring, encouragement and support by current teacher education students after the program through digital engagement.

The purpose of the Future Teachers of North Carolina (FTNC) program is to encourage rising high school juniors and seniors to consider the teaching profession by providing a meaningful and challenging opportunity to learn more about the preparation, responsibilities, and experiences that come with pursuit of a career in teaching.


Click here for the tentative FTNC24 Schedule

Meet the Host Institution

Preparing quality educators is a cornerstone of Appalachian’s past, present and future. When it comes to teacher education, the state and region look FIRST to Appalachian for innovative instruction, faculty excellence and student success.