to take part in campus activities. Our
goal is to have them see themselves as a
normal college student.”
Lowe recommends that commu-
nity colleges offer a wide range of
dual-enrollment options, so more
students have a chance to participate.
Everett Community College (EvCC) in
Washington, for instance, has pioneered
a few different approaches that have
become statewide programs: College
in the High School allows students in
grades 10-12 to earn college credit by
taking advanced high school courses,
while Running Start enables high school
juniors and seniors to take courses for
dual credit at an EvCC campus or online.
In addition, the college offers a
program called Ocean Research College
Academy (ORCA), in which high school
students can earn up to two years of
college credit while completing their
high school education using an innovative, project-based approach within a
small “learning community” environment. While marine science provides the
focus for these projects, students receive
instruction in all of the core subjects.
“We wanted to offer dual enroll-
ment in a number of different models,”
says Karen Landry, director of EvCC’s
College in the High School program.
“Not all students are mature enough
to be leaving their high school campus
and coming to a college environment.”
MAKING IT AFFORDABLE
How dual-enrollment programs are
funded varies widely from state to
state. “There are 50 different states
with 50 different funding models,”
Some states provide scholarships for
high school students to take a certain
number of dual-enrollment courses.
For example, the new Kentucky Dual
Credit Scholarship gives any student the
opportunity to take two college courses
free of charge in their junior or senior
year, with the state paying the tuition
for those students.
Other states, such as Iowa, Minnesota
and Utah, have set aside money from
their K- 12 budgets for dual-enrollment
programs. “The school districts pay the
college provider on behalf of their students,” Lowe says.
Everett Community College's Ocean Research College
Academy has a marine science focus.
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