Educational Technology

April 29, 2016

Dual enrollment: High school meets college

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:30 am

By Scott Carpenter, The Union Democrat

Classes allow high schoolers to sample college before graduating. In some cases, even freshmen can earn college credit. It takes 60 credits to graduate with an associate’s degree from Columbia College. By the time Sheri Gempler’s two oldest daughters graduated from Summerville High School, they had nearly 30 and 40 credits apiece. That equates to about a year of college. Both had taken advantage of online courses offered at Summerville High, part of a collaboration with nearby Columbia College to grant high schoolers more access to college classes. Because of the credit boost they gained from it, neither spent much time at Columbia College as actual undergrads. Kylie, the oldest, transferred to Minot State and graduated from Southern Oregon University. Cassidy leapfrogged to a semester abroad in Denmark. She stayed, in total, just half a year at Columbia.

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