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Point Pleasant Borough High School adds new college credit earning opportunitiesCollege Credit Earning Opportunities

As the costs of higher education continue to escalate, ambitious high school students are compelled to seek ways to lessen the financial burden by participating in college credit earning opportunities while attending high school. From dual enrollment programs, which allow high school students to supplement their high school course schedule with complementary college courses, to independent study, educational co-ops and vocational programs, today’s students have unprecedented access to opportunities that give them a head start on higher education.

At Point Pleasant Borough High School, the 2017-18 school year has brought increased college credit-earning opportunities for students thanks to the addition of Advanced Placement Human Geography – bringing the total number of AP courses offered at the high school to 18 - and new dual enrollment programs Syracuse University Project Advance and Tomorrow’s Teachers.

Though AP courses remain one of the most popular methods for high school students to earn college credits, dual enrollment programs are beginning to catch on – fast!  

The Point Pleasant Borough High School proudly offers a selection of dual enrollment programs offered in cooperation with Ocean County College, Monmouth University and Syracuse University Project Advance [SUPA] as well as the Ocean County Vocational Technical School programs.

One of this year’s newest programs – Syracuse University’s Project Advance - provides district students the opportunity to take Syracuse University courses embedded in the regular school day, earning college credit, which they may transfer to their post-secondary school. The first SUPA course - Principles and Contemporary Issues in Sports Management – was introduced at the high school this year.

Tomorrow’s Teachers is another new program that was introduced this year for juniors and seniors who aspire to become teachers. The one-year course allows prospective teachers to gain specialized training and hands-on experience in teaching. Fairleigh Dickinson, Rider and Stockton Universities grant college credit to students who successfully complete the program.

In addition to embedded Ocean County College courses, the district also offers Jump Start, another college-credit earning opportunity with the college. Jump Start allows students to take college classes at OCC’s main campus or at any number of satellite schools, including Point Pleasant Borough High School.

An agreement in place with Monmouth University allows district students to participate in a Computer Science cooperative with the school. The program combines classroom-based learning with practical experience, providing a pathway to acceptance at Monmouth as well as specific scholarship-earning opportunities.

Another new program that is currently in the final stages of development is the College Academy, an early college graduation program administered by Ocean County College. The program allows district high school students to complete and earn their Associate’s Degree prior to earning their high school diploma. Courses will be embedded in the regular school day and taught by high school teachers. Participating students will receive a break in OCC tuition costs.

“Concurrent enrollment programs, educational partnerships and other specialized learning opportunities allow our students to get a head start on college while helping better prepare them for the rigors of college life,” said Director of Curriculum & Instruction Susan Ladd, Ed.D.

Plus, studies have proven that participation in college-credit earning programs is highly correlated with college readiness,” she said. “These programs not only provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in a post-secondary environment but also increase the likelihood that students earn college degrees within a standard four-year time frame and achieve higher grade point averages compared to other students.”

Superintendent of Schools Vincent S. Smith stressed the economic benefits of dual enrollment programs, saying, “Dual enrollment programs can really take some of the sting out of skyrocketing college costs. Students can earn college credits for a fraction of the cost so not only are they getting a jump start on their college educations but they’re also saving on their long-term tuition costs. A student exiting high school can apply an earned associate’s degree or college credits towards their bachelor’s degree for substantial savings.

“The Point Pleasant School District plans to continue investigating additional college-credit-earning opportunities to academically challenge our students while providing them with every opportunity to achieve success,” he said.

For more information about Point Pleasant Borough High School’s college-credit earning opportunities, students should visit their guidance counselor.

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