September 5, 2007 Edition

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BRHS offers college courses

These Black Rock High School students are learning more than in an average classroom. They are registered for one of several classes for which they can earn college and high school credit.

Students at Black Rock High School can earn up to 21 hours of college credit on their own campus before graduating from high school. The classes are offered through Black River Technical College and 15 of the hours can be used as concurrent credit.

"This benefits our students greatly," said Lori McKenzie, teacher and parent at BRHS.

"They take the classes on our campus and tuition cost is half the price of regular tuition."

McKenzie added that students are taking sociology, freshman English I and western world literature I this fall. In the spring, students will be taking freshman English II and western world literature II. Sociology is taught every other year, alternating with psychology. Computer business applications is also offered. Since students can graduate with 21 hours of college credit, they are close to sophomore status when they leave Black Rock and attend college.

In order for a high school student to take a college class for credit, new state laws require a score of 19 in both reading and English on the ACT or appropriate corresponding scores on the ASSET. In addition, 50 percent of the class that is being taught on the high school campus must be taking the class for concurrent credit, according to Rita Prestidge, high school counselor. Teachers must hold a master's degree in the subject areas that are taught.

BRHS has offered this opportunity to its students for six years.

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