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Dual-credit enrollment at RHS and CWC reached new high in 2013-14 term

May 30, 2014 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer

More students from Riverton High School are taking advantage of the dual credit program with the Central Wyoming College Board of Cooperative Higher Educational Services.

BOCHES director Jackie Meeker told the Riverton school board that program enrollment has increased steadily over the past decade.

Speaking this month, Meeker said the 2013-2014 academic year hit an "all time high" enrollment of 448 in concurrent and dual enrollment courses from 181 Riverton High School students.

She noted that one student can count for three enrollments if enrolled in three classes.

Previous history showed total enrollment of 190 in the 2003-2004 academic year and 409 in the 2012-2013 academic year. Meeker also reminded the board of some benefits the program brings to the district and students.

"The total value for tuition, fees and textbooks this year to RHS and your district is a little over $175,000," she said.

Meeker also praised teachers from the district. She said the dual-enrollment students a better prepared for college, and that college instructors were pleased with their level of understanding in their subjects.

"It's a pleasure to work with your district. You have excellent instructors," she said, adding that the proximity of the college to the high school also made a positive impact on enrollment.

Fremont County School District 25 superintendent Terry Snyder said he recognized the value the program offers to students and the district.

"It gets them off to an excellent start," Snyder said, adding that it also benefits students who might not see themselves as college students initially but realize after taking a dual credit course that they can handle college after all.

Assistant superintendent JoAnne Flanagan noted that District 25 is unique in how its students can collaborate with a community college.

"The relationship that we have with CWC, how well they've worked with us, with the high school and as a district in providing this opportunity for our students is really remarkable," she said. "This is not how it runs in every other community college."

Budget action

Under action items, the school board approved the CWC BOCHES budget for the 2015 fiscal year. The budget has changed to the new "wash" system, which will still offer free credit hours to high school students that take college courses. The district also will cover tuition and fees for those students enrolled at CWC, and school districts will be paid an equivalent in cost for the use of local facilities.

The board also approved the district's preliminary budget for the 2014-2015 school year and accepted the Indian Education Grant award of $170,366 for the 2014-2015 school year.