High School Partnerships Offer Advantages for Young Learners

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High school juniors and seniors can get a jump start on their college education by taking advantage of a partnership between their high school and Atlantic Cape.

High school students who earn college credits are more likely to graduate from college and reduce the average time to complete their degree, according to the U.S. Department of Education. And taking advantage of a partnership program helps reduce future college expenses by shortening their time to college graduation.

“The programs offer a challenging curriculum and the opportunity to earn college credit while in high school,” said Regina Skinner, acting Dean of Students and Director of Admissions and College Recruitment at Atlantic Cape.

High school students who earn college credits are more likely to graduate from college and reduce the average time to complete their degree

“Students have the opportunity to perfect the skills needed to succeed in college and to broaden their educational experience while still in high school. Enrollment in the program increases students’ chances of acceptance to colleges with competitive admissions,” she said.

High school partnerships

There are four programs to choose from:

Concurrent Enrollment—Students may take college classes at their high school or Atlantic Cape that satisfy their high school graduation requirement and receive an Atlantic Cape grade and college credit.

Dual Credit—Atlantic Cape approves a high school course as credit-worthy according to the college’s standards, your high school delivers the course and you are enrolled at your high school AND Atlantic Cape. You receive credit at your high school and Atlantic Cape.

Articulation—Atlantic Cape approves the high school course as credit-worthy to the college’s standards, the high school delivers the course. You receive credit once you have graduated from high school and complete your first semester at Atlantic Cape.

Advanced Placement—The course is offered at your high school and approved by Atlantic Cape for Advanced Placement credit. A score of 3 or higher is required for college credit.

The high school partnership programs give students an advantage. “It saves them time and is an inexpensive way to get a head start on their college education,” explained Shelley Grossman, Guidance Counselor at Egg Harbor Township High School.

“It’s an easy decision,” Grossman said. “Their senior year, a lot of students are finished with most of the state-required courses for college. It makes their senior year more rigorous and relevant,” she said.

Amanda Rosenberg, a senior at EHT, is enrolled in Honors Psychology under the dual enrollment program. “I knew it would save me money and I really wanted to take an Honors class,” she explained. “It’s challenging. There’s a lot of independent reading and the teacher goes over it with us in class to make sure we understand the material.”

“I would definitely recommend the program to other students. I want to be an elementary school teacher and double major in education and psychology in college. It will help me prepare for that. And it makes sense economically,” she added.

Many students at the Atlantic County Institute of Technology are enrolled in the Concurrent Enrollment Program with Atlantic Cape. “Students taking advantage of our Concurrent Enrollment program with Atlantic Cape earn college credit and are getting the college experience,” explained Jordan Previti, Guidance Counselor for Juniors and Seniors at ACIT. “They leave ACIT and take courses at Atlantic Cape’s nearby campus.”

Kathy B. McGowan

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