LIMA — Superintendents, principals and counselors from 35 area schools attended a summit Thursday at Rhodes State College to discuss how to continue to partner to offer the college’s College Credit Plus and pre-apprenticeship programs for high school and middle school students to earn college credit.
Dr. Rose Reinhart, Rhodes State College vice president for student affairs, said it was the fourth year for the summit and there were 2,427 students enrolled in the program for the 2018-2019 year. The program began in 2014. The participants earned 15,348 total credit hours, saving parents of those students $2.45 million in college tuition and the students earned 6.32 average credit hours.
The CCP program is an initiative through the state of Ohio that allows students grade 7 to 12 to take classes for college credit while they still are in high school. There are 1,800 students enrolled in the program currently taking college courses that are still high school students.
“We tell the students they are building an academic transcript, and we want them to be successful,” Reinhart said.
The top five schools currently participating in the program are Liberty-Benton High School, 319 students, Findlay High School, 212, Bath High School, 142, Ottawa-Glandorf High School, 86 and Fort Recovery High School, 78.
Reinhart went over new legislation for 2019-2020 and said students’ intent to participate must be submitted in writing by April 1 but can be submitted as early as Feb. 15. Information sessions are required by the high school and should be scheduled between Oct. 1 to Feb. 15. Students and parents should be notified of the CCP program no later than Feb. 1.
Dr. Cynthia Spiers, Rhodes State College interim president, talked about the importance of the CCP program.
“The administrators run their high school organizations and they have to know the new legislation, what the costs will be for the participating high schools and in order to help the parents and students manage the opportunity,” Spiers said. Spiers noted that the CCP program helps students start their college degree.
Spiers noted that the average cumulative gpa of the CCP students was 3.45.
Dr. Tonette Baldin, Rhodes State College vice president for workforce development and innovation, discussed the pre-apprentice industry credential program. The program provides high school students an alternative pathway to their high school diploma. The program includes educational classes for health, manufacturing, agriculture and environment to name a few.
Apprenticeship programs have been offered since 2012 at the college.
“It’s an important program because we have students in high school who are unclear about a career path and this is an opportunity for them to experience a career,” Baldin said.
Dr. Joseph Abbott, Rhodes State social sciences chair, spoke about an honors program the college will begin offering in August 2020.
Any student enrolled at the college with a 3.0 grade point average will be eligible to participate in the program.
The student will be required to volunteer with a community based organization for a minimum of 10 hours over the course of the students’ education at the college. The students also will be required to participate in a report on at least two cultural and civic activities. A portfolio will contain learning artifacts and examples that record the students experiences.
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