AEP Announces Credits Counts Dual Enrollment Program
Program to help Columbus City Schools students
earn college credits while in high school
October 16, 2013 - The American Electric Power (AEP) foundation today announced the Credits Count program to help middle and high school students find pathways to pursue college and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields.
The Foundation approved a $5-million grant to Columbus State Community College (CSCC) to with with five high schools and their feeder middle schools. The program aims to help students achieve their aspirations by preparing them to graduate high school ready for a career or with up to 12 college credits.
“Partnerships such as this
provide our students with opportunities they might not otherwise realize
existed. They begin to see the connection between college and careers at a much
earlier age. This is an exciting opportunity for students from middle school
through high school to not only explore careers, but also to make significant
progress toward achieving their dreams,” said Columbus City Schools
Superintendent Dan Good. “Our school administrators are very excited to begin
the work necessary to ensure the success of this effort.”
The program is being introduced at West High School in Fall 2014 and will expand to four additional high schools over the next five years. Among the goals of the program are have nearly 800 middle school students participate in summer STEM college experience events and nearly 700 students to receive credit for college-level coursework while completing their high school diploma.
Major components of the program include:
- Middle school STEM experiences to engage students as early as possible in college exploration and STEM-related careers;
- College course readiness to identify gaps in writing, math, and reading that may need tutoring support;
- A summer Bridge program to provide any needed English and math remediation prior to the students entering the dual enrollment program; and
- Dual enrollment in high school and at CSCC, allowing students to graduate high school with at least 12 credits in energy, the environment and information technology.
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