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College courses to be offered at high schools

High school students looking to get ahead before they embark on their college careers can begin as early as Spring 2015 to earn college credit with Pitman High School and Turlock High School’s soon-to-be implemented college course offerings.   

“This program is just one of the many that has been developed to increase access and opportunity for helping guide our students to a post-secondary education while attending high school,” said Turlock Unified School District assistant superintendent of education services Dana Trevethan.

Thanks to a partnership between California State University, Stanislaus and TUSD’s Office of Educational Services, proposed college course offerings include Contemporary Moral Issues, Searching for America: Introduction to Ethnic Studies, Introduction to Archaeology, and Introduction to Cultural Anthropology.

These courses are lower division requirements for all CSU campuses, with some meeting University of California requirements as well. After surveying student interest, two classes will be chosen and one will be offered at each site.

These classes, which are slated to begin on January 27 and conclude on May 15, will take place Tuesday through Thursday during students’ “A” period and will be limited to 25 students each. When signing up, precedence will be given to seniors.  

According to Trevethan, all instructional materials needed for these classes will be provided at no cost to students. Related expenses to these courses were included in the district’s Local Control Accountability Plan to ensure the development and academic success of students who have proven to be college-ready.

In order to be eligible for these classes, students must possess a 3.0 GPA in A-G coursework, be on track for graduation, pass the CAHSEE, be able to access technology, and receive recommendation from their principal or counselor.

“This will be a great opportunity for our students to connect to our local university and recognize the advanced education opportunities that exist in our community,” concluded Trevethan.

For more information, students are encouraged to see their counselor.