Classes offered to CHS students save families thousands in tuition costs.
GLIDDEN, WI – February 25, 2014– At its regular meeting in Glidden on February 25, the Chequamegon School Board heard a report from Bobbi Damrow, Regional Dean of Northcentral Technical College (NTC). Damrow gave background on the relationship that has developed between the NTC Phillips campus and Chequamegon School District over the last few years giving CHS students the opportunity to take classes that are recognized both by NTC for their degree programs and by CHS toward their high school diploma.
Currently junior and senior students are offered courses in the industrial electronics and maintenance technician Academy. This program is intended to provide pathway or career for students and industrial electronics maintenance field. The classes, taken at CHS, are taught by CHS teachers utilizing curriculum provided by NTC. Students have the potential of obtaining 12 college credits and applying those credits toward an associate’s degree at NTC after high school. Students also have the option of transferring the credits earned in high school to other four-year college or university’s toward completing their bachelor’s degree.
Damrow thanked the school board for approving and supporting this cooperative venture that benefits both the school district and NTC. She pointed out, “last year Chequamegon students earned the equivalent of 153 college level credits and the families of those students saved $20,574 in tuition costs that they would otherwise have paid to NTC for the courses.” This year students, and their families, are on track to save over $46,000 in tuition costs. In addition to the Academy, Courses taught for transcripted credit include Introduction to Business, Marketing Principles, Desktop Publishing, and Employment Skills for Technicians, to name a few. Next year and new Health Academy will be introduced to CHS students who have an interest in pursuing a career in the health field. This will build on the Medical Terminology and Body Structure courses already offered and include a possible summer field experience at Flambeau Hospital.
Damrow indicated that an Information Technology Academy is currently being developed, to be introduced in the not too distant future. Board president Adam Hoffman stated, “this partnership with NTC is an example of how two schools working together can provide great opportunities for our students and their families.”