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Get a jump on college with dual-enrollment courses

For many young people, leaving for college is a first-time out-of-the-nest experience of excitement and trepidation. But what if they could start college before leaving the familiar halls of high school? Many can and do.Colorado Mountain College offers college-level courses to high school juniors and seniors who academically test at a college level. These students try college’s more intense study requirements and develop personal discipline more fully while enjoying the safety net that high school life offers.Glenwood Springs High School senior Danielle Stonehouse commented, “I absolutely loved the College Algebra class I took last spring at CMC. The instructor was great, we had a really small class and got a lot of individual help.”CMC has two alternatives for students to take college-level coursework. One is through state-regulated Post Secondary Enrollment Option Act courses, and the other is through dual-enrollment courses. PSEO classes are coordinated through high schools, and CMC directs the curriculum.Dual-enrollment courses are accredited CMC classes, and high schools may reimburse students for approved courses.Glenwood Springs, Yampah and Bridges high school students have the opportunity to learn about dual-enrollment options, take placement assessments and sign up for CMC classes at College Express. This event streamlines registration for high school students and their parents. It takes place before fall and spring semesters at CMC’s Glenwood Center in coordination with high school staff. Roaring Fork and Basalt high school students are offered individual appointments at CMC’s Lappala Center in Carbondale.Curriculum opportunities coordinated with area high schools are increasing, too. For the first time at Roaring Fork High School, CMC will offer Intro to Sociology I and schedule French Language I at the CMC Lappala Center to work with high school student schedules, as well as many other general education courses regularly offered at CMC.These programs will help students become familiar with larger institutions, polish their academic skills and begin college transcripts before concluding their high school careers – not to mention easing the workload when getting to college.For more information, contact your high school counselor or CMC counselors at these locations: the Glenwood Center, Judy Fisher, 945-7486; Carbondale’s Lappala Center, Deb Burleigh, at 963-2172; or http://www.coloradomtn.edu/dualcredit/


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