Thursday, June 27, 2002

Dual school credit now available

By Kristina Goetz,
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COVINGTON — An agreement signed this week between two Northern Kentucky schools aims to steer more students to the field of technology and provide incentive for them to go on to college.

    Northern Kentucky Community & Technical College District offers educational opportunities to about 2,000 students in 28 program areas and includes three campuses in Covington, Edgewood and Highland Heights.
    Students earn associate degrees, diplomas and certificates at the two-year college that is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education.
        The agreement will allow students at Chapman Career and Technical Center — a part of Holmes High School in Covington — to receive both high school and college credit for their course work.

        Beginning this summer, credits may count toward both students' high school graduation and their associate's degree through the Northern Kentucky Community & Technical College District.

        Some 48 classes in nine different programs will be offered, from computer programming and auto mechanics to welding.

        “To my knowledge there has never been (a program) to cover this magnitude of course work,” Jack Moreland, Covington superintendent, said of other isolated partnerships between secondary and post-secondary institutions in the commonwealth.

        The partnership will have a direct, positive impact on students, he said, by broadening their educational opportunities while simultaneously strengthening the local work force.

        About 450 to 500 students participate in courses at Chapman Center while taking their regular high school math and science classes every year.

        Housed on the Holmes High School campus, the center is open to 10th-, 11th- and 12th-graders who attend Holmes, Holy Cross, Lloyd, Ludlow, Dayton or Newport high schools, though other students could be eligible.

        “High school students who are dually enrolled will be a step ahead of their peers,” said Ed Hughes, president and CEO of the community and technical college district.

        “This agreement helps to lay the foundation for future success in our region by offering a pathway that assists students in moving from secondary to post-secondary education.”

        Flanked by high school and college officials at the agreement signing, Gina Crim, 15, who will be a junior at Holmes this fall, said she is contemplating the program. “You need something that's going to help you and motivate you along,” she said.

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