Vincennes University Provost Ron Davis and
Lawrenceburg Schools Superintendent Karl
Galey announce the new Early College Program
at Lawrenceburg High School Monday.
Mike Perleberg-Eagle 99.3
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – A new program will give Lawrenceburg High School students the opportunity to receive a college degree at the same time they graduate high school.
Lawrenceburg Community Schools and Vincennes University officials joined to make the announcement at the high school Monday morning. The district has signed a three-year memorandum of understanding with the university for the Early College Program. It’s a program that only four other Indiana high schools have seen before.
“This is going to increase opportunities and the standard of education at Lawrenceburg High School,” said Superintendent Karl Galey. “There will be an increased academic rigor.”
While it isn’t uncommon for high schoolers to earn college credits, Lawrenceburg students in this year’s incoming freshman class will be able to earn an Associate Degree from Vincennes in areas such as healthcare, technology, or general studies. The field of degree types could be expanded in the future.
Other current senior, junior, and sophomores will be able to earn college credits recognized not only by Vincennes, but all other Indiana state colleges. Galey said there is one senior student this year who could potentially earn up to 24 credit hours.
“The program encourages education as collective information, not just jumping one hurdle to the next,” said Vincennes University Provost Dr. Ron Davis.
Students and their families will pay $25 per credit hour in an eligible class taught by a Lawrenceburg High School teacher. Classes taught through distance learning – via computer either in the classroom or at home – with Vincennes University professors will run $75 per hour.
The program can also be offered free of cost to disadvantaged students who qualify for free and reduced lunch.
Davis said students who paid for and earned the college credits in high school could save thousands of dollars in tuition.
“These programs are great generators for getting students to think of higher education,” said Davis.
Vincennes will have a full-time presence in the Lawrenceburg High School building as long as the program continues. Dr. Nicole Shankle will be a liason for the university with an office in the school and at the service of those students participating.