Goshen County School District and EWC Announce Increased Concurrent Enrollment Class Offerings
May 24, 2004
(Torrington, WY) High school juniors and seniors will have an increased opportunity to earn college credit through concurrent enrollment offerings. Eastern Wyoming College credit classes to be held at Torrington High School have reached an all time high. The current offerings have doubled. Classes available at THS for qualified students include: Word Processing: Microsoft Word, Spreadsheet Applications II: Microsoft Excel, Calculus I, English I: Composition, English II, General Biology I, Database Applications I: Microsoft Access, Computer Graphics I: PowerPoint, Practical Accounting I and Practical Accounting II, Pre-Calculus Algebra, and Pre-Calculus Trigonometry. THS Principal Marty Wood is very pleased with the cooperation between the school district and EWC, "I am very excited about the positive working relationship that has developed between THS and EWC." Wood also said that qualified students can begin taking college classes their junior year of high school and with a good GPA, can qualify for grants to help cover the tuition costs. Concurrent enrollment instructors and materials are reviewed by Eastern Wyoming College based on national accreditation requirements and are approved "college instructors" for those college courses. Dr. Kathy Shirley, Goshen County School District Superindent, also supports the cooperation, "I think it is a wonderful opportunity for our students, and I appreciate the positive working relationship with EWC."
Students at Lingle-Ft. Laramie High School can also take advantage of earning college credit while taking a class on their campus. Classes available at Lingle include: General Biology I, General Biology II, English I: Composition, English II, Pre-Calculus Algebra, and Pre-Calculus Trigonometry. Classes available at Southeast High School include: General Biology I, English I: Composition, and English II.
Some students are even able to work with their high school block schedule and the EWC class schedule to fit an EWC based credit class in during the day. Students are allowed to have release time from the high school campus to take college campus classes in a structured time block as long as the student has prior approval from the high school and meets the college entrance requirements for the college course.
Concurrent enrollment allows the students to take a college class right at the high school and earn college credit. The concurrent enrollment agreement allows the tuition charge to be waived for the student. All applicable activity/use and course fees, and book expenses are the responsibility of the student. Initial enrollment, and eligibility for the tuition waiver, will be determined by a "B"(86%) average from the appropriate Goshen County School District high school. In addition, math and English courses require appropriate placement test scores. To continue to receive the high school tuition waiver, the student must successfully complete the courses in which he/she enrolled each semester at Eastern Wyoming College with a 2.5 grade point average or better. Dee Ludwig, Associate Dean of Instruction, coordinates the concurrent enrollment efforts at the college. She said, "Concurrent enrollment options are a great opportunity for high school students to earn college credit while still in high school. In the long run, it can save significant amounts of money and time for the students."
For more information about concurrent enrollment classes or enrollment in college classes as a high school junior or senior, please contact your high school counselor or Jamie Jo Mekelburg, EWC Coordinator of Enrollment Services, at (307)532.8237.