SCC partners with Washington County for Early College Program
St. Catharine College is excited to partner with the Washington County School System in the creation of an Early College Program that will assist high school students in becoming college and career ready. SCC believes that part of the intent of Kentucky’s Senate Bill 1 (2009) is to increase collaborative efforts to introduce high school students to post-secondary experiences and to offer wrap-around services to help assure their success.
Strategic partnerships with St. Catharine College, Elizabethtown Community & Technical College – Springfield Campus, Marion County Area Technology Center, Advance Kentucky, and the Kentucky Department of Education have enabled the Washington County School system to implement one of the most innovative high school college and career readiness systems in the state.
"Students who complete the Early College Program will be able to graduate from St. Catharine College with either an Associate of Arts (AA) degree in Liberal Arts or an Associate in Applied Science degree (AAS) in Early Childhood Education at the same time they earn their high school diploma," said Dr. Don Giles, SCC’s Vice President for Academic Affairs. "The AA/AAS degree will allow them to either continue at a four-year higher education institution with their first two years completed or enter into the job market with stronger credentials than their fellow high school graduates. This competitive edge is critical in today’s challenging economy."
St. Catharine College welcomes this opportunity to partner with the Washington County Schools and recognizes the potential for both institutions to grow in their understanding and appreciation of the skills required for student success in the 21st century global economy.
In order to prepare for this innovation, Washington County teachers have worked throughout the spring and summer to develop and implement a new curriculum aligned to Kentucky’s new Core Academic Standards as well as to the College Board’s Advanced Placement standards, the ACT’s Quality Core standards, and the course syllabi and expectations of ECTC and St. Catharine. Students in their junior or senior year of high school will have the opportunity to participate in classes led by adjunct college faculty as well as by college professors while the students work to achieve college credits that will place them semesters as well as dollars ahead of their teenaged peers.
With the goal that every graduate from WCHS will earn credits toward a postsecondary degree or industry certification, Washington County has taken on a rigorous and demanding goal. With the support of educators throughout the district on all four campuses, high school students will reap the benefits.