High schools yet to embrace Sierra Nevada College program
December 23, 2008
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. “-Sierra Nevada College’s doors are open to area high school students, but few are taking advantage of the new dual enrollment program.
The program, announced before the current school year, allows high school students to take freshmen and sophomore-level classes at a discounted rate while in high school.
It is open to schools throughout the region and costs $135 per credit, as opposed to $971 per credit for normal undergraduates taking less than 12 credit hours.
Students at most area schools haven’t enrolled in the program yet.
“We’re hoping out students do take advantage of it,” Incline High School counselor Patty Haddad said. “But it’s still very expensive and it goes as an elective for the students.”
Since Incline High students schedule their next year’s classes in May, Haddad said, many students were not aware of the program at that time and therefor could not schedule dual-enrollment classes for this year. Counselors contacted at North Tahoe High School, Whittell High School and Sugar Bowl Academy in Truckee also said they did not have students enrolling in the program this year.
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Amye Cole, Associate Director of Admissions at SNC, said one reason students may not be getting into the program is that it is relatively new and the students may not have a grasp of it yet.
Provost Lynn Gillette said the program is a great opportunity for high school students looking forward to the college experience.
“We actually ended up with a pretty big list of classes to offer,” Gillette said.
Cole said the courses are designed to supplement a student’s class load, not to offer courses already available at their high school. She said Forest Charter High School, based in Truckee, expressed interest in the program.
Sandy McDivitt, the school’s executive director, said the Forest Charter School is exploring the program and hasn’t come to any decisions, but is excited about the prospects of the program given a current relationship with Sierra College in Truckee.
“We’re exploring it at this point, but we’ve found these partnerships, like the one we have with Sierra College is so advantageous to our school,” McDivitt said.
The classes are available to any high school student with a 3.0 cumulative GPA and the permission of a guidance counselor.
Gillette said some special considerations would be made for high school students, meaning their professors would be notified the student was in high school and their academics would be monitored closely, much like any other SNC student.
“You’re getting into part of who we are there, in that the student would be able to work with their professor and would have access to any academic assistance they need,” Gillette said.
Dan O’Bryan, associate provost/chair of humanities and social sciences at SNC said the student would have access to the extensive student support network offered to undergraduates.
It will be unknown whether any high school students enroll in the program until Jan. 16, when student registration is complete.
Interested high school students should inquire with their guidance counselors about enrolling in the program.