Monday, May 23, 2016

Chillicothe Campus hosts events designed for high school students and the College Credit Plus program

OU-C recently held a pair of events to connect with current and prospective high school students who are looking to pursue high school and college credit concurrently through the College Credit Plus program.

This program, sponsored by the Ohio Department of Higher Education, allows students to earn high school and college credits at the same time by taking courses from college or university campuses. Students are admitted on their college-readiness in one or more subject areas. Participation in the program allows students to pursue more rigorous academic coursework beyond the high school setting and reduce the time and costs of attending college after high school.

The campus hosted a reception to recognize students who pursued the College Credit Plus initiative on campus during the 2015-16 academic year.

During fall semester, 142 students from area schools, as well as home-schooled students, pursued the program on the Chillicothe Campus, with 117 students participating during spring semester.

Also, the campus held a College Credit Ready workshop for prospective College Credit Plus students. The event began with a panel discussion to address participation in the program with nearly 50 Chillicothe High School students who are interested in possibly pursuing the program. Panelists included current College Credit Plus students as well as OU-C faculty and staff members.

The panelists are actively engaged with the program and were able to provide insightful answers to questions that the high school participants submitted through their guidance counselors.

Among topics of discussion were the challenge of balancing college classes with high school activities; the size and length of college classes; the time commitment that is required for completing college assignments; flexibility in meeting deadline assignments; the importance of regular class attendance; and blending with older students.

Following the panel discussion, the high school students also took a tour of campus and participated in mock college classes with OU-C faculty members. The spirit of the event was to give the local students a practical sampling of college life so they can make informed decisions about their academic futures, especially regarding the College Credit Plus program.

The workshop was the result of a college readiness forum the campus held in the fall of 2015.  That event was focused on preparing area students for success in college and involved a dialogue with educators and administrators from campus as well as individuals from area high schools, middle schools and area college campuses. The focus was to develop practical ways to help students succeed so they can make the most of their college experience.

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