The Harlan Independent School System is offering dual credit college courses for students attending high school in their district.
“For a number of years we have been offering college-level courses in the district,” said Superintendent C.D. Morton at a special called meeting of the Harlan Independent Board of Education on Wednesday. “For example, we offer Humanities 120, English 101 and 102, History 108 and 109, Introduction to Computers, CIS 120, Computer Applications, College Algebra, College Trigonometry and Physics I and II.”
“Some years we have more utilization than others. When we first started this five or six years ago we had several students who graduated with 18 hours of college credit. This past year, 20 percent of our seniors graduated with college credits. A good number of our students are taking those courses.”
Morton said these courses are offered through “College Now” a program through the Jefferson County Community College system. He added all courses transfer to four-year institutions.
“This year, we are in the middle of talking with Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College about offering some classes on campus with instructors on site,” said Morton. “We think we have something worked out to offer College Algebra. We can use our current instructor to teach Introduction to Computers, so that you are able to get high school credit and college credit. We’re working out a leadership elective course or possibly a Criminal Justice course to give kids a broader curriculum. This is a step in the right direction.”
Morton said the feedback he is getting is that parents and students want this opportunity to work on college credit hours while attending high school.
“We are working to provide what we have been doing and trying to enhance that,” said Morton. “My hope is that each year we can grow that area to where we can give these options to our students.”
In other action, the board received a tax revenue update from Morton and notification that a $10,000 grant for dropout prevention has been received.
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