Dual enrollment program sees first students at Sierra Nevada College

Kyle Magin
Sierra Sun

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. and#8212; About a year after its inception, Sierra Nevada Collegeand#8217;s dual enrollment program is starting to attract area and out-of-area high school students.

The program allows Incline, Lake Tahoe Basin (including North Tahoe and Truckee high schools) and other selected high school students to receive college credit for courses taken at SNC.

Robert Maxson, president of the only private, four-year college in Nevada, said this week that three high school students have enrolled in a summer microeconomics course at SNC.

The three and#8212; two Incline High School students and one high school student from Texas visiting Tahoe for the summer and#8212; are the first to utilize the dual enrollment program, which began late last summer.

and#8220;From what Iand#8217;ve seen they are all very bright students,and#8221; Maxson said. and#8220;I can predict they are all going to do well because theyand#8217;ve taken a great deal of initiative. Microeconomics, even if you arenand#8217;t going to major in business at college, is a course many colleges will give you an elective credit for.and#8221;

Most of the courses offered are freshman-level and#8212; as is the case with microeconomics and#8212; and are designed to supplement a studentand#8217;s high school curriculum. Courses are offered at a discounted rate of $135 per credit and#8212; as opposed to the $971 per hour charged to students taking less than 12 credits and#8212; and students receive an SNC transcript upon completion of the course.

To enroll, students need permission from a high school counselor and a 3.0 minimum GPA.

The program didnand#8217;t attract any students in its first year, partly because authorization to open SNC to Washoe County students wasnand#8217;t given until late in the summer of 2008 and#8212; a problem for high school students who schedule courses in the previous spring for an upcoming year. In a Dec. 24, 2008, North Lake Tahoe Bonanza story, a number of local educators and counselors expressed interest in the program but said it was approved too late in the year to make it conducive to students in 2008-2009.

Maxson said he doesnand#8217;t know if the students will take advantage of the program in the upcoming fall semester, but said heand#8217;d like to see it continue to grow.

According to their website, Sierra College, which has a Truckee campus, also provides a dual enrollment program for area high school students. Students must receive parent and counselor permission and may inquire about the schooland#8217;s courses at (530) 550-2225.

Sierra Nevada College President Robert C. Maxson announced last week the college raised $500,000 at a invitation-only fundraising dinner June 6-7 at the Shakespeare Ranch in Glenbrook.

and#8220;There is no greater gift that a college or university can receive than scholarships for academically talented students,and#8221; Maxson said. and#8220;If you really want to be an outstanding college, you must attract the best young minds. This money will allow us to do that by bringing the top high school students to Sierra Nevada College and Incline Village.and#8221;

The money raised will go toward scholarships, Maxson said.

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