Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Opinion: College Credit Plus at OUC


Since its inception, the State of Ohio’s College Credit Plus (CCP) program has increased opportunities for students throughout the state, enabling them to gain access to a collegiate level education at no charge to the student. Whether students choose to enroll in classes offered on college/university campuses, such as Ohio University – Chillicothe, or by completing college level courses offered in their own high school, many have significantly benefited from the program since its implementation just a year ago.

CCP, an Ohio Department of Education initiative, allows students in grades as early as seven and through their senior year, to take college credit courses for no charge. Students can complete the college level class to earn dual credit for high school graduation and college simultaneously.

At Ohio University – Chillicothe (OUC), we had more than 160 students on our campus this fall semester taking advantage of the College Credit Plus. This program allowed them to explore their career options and complete general education core requirements, furthering their education through rigorous college level coursework. It has been a very beneficial program for both high school students and OUC; as we have been able to gain exposure with a new cohort of high achieving high school students and provide a quality education to those eligible to participate. It’s not everywhere that you will find a highly recognized university in your back yard, which serves as a tremendous asset to the region and CCP students looking to participate to advance their preparation for college.

It is important to note that CCP is designed for the “college ready,” high achieving high school student – one who is fully capable in both academics and maturity to handle college level work and the expectation of independence a student attending a college or university would need. What we offer at OUC in regard to CCP coursework is held to the same rigor, standards and expectations of any other class we offer at the Chillicothe campus or at Ohio University in Athens. Students who are ready to take the next step academically and can perform the work will benefit greatly from CCP.

Since the program is no cost for those eligible to enroll, and may also include the cost of books and supplies, students will gain valuable life and college experience while completing high school. Not only that, but they will be better prepared for college having already been exposed to course loads, expectations and campus life.

As an educator, I encourage students and parents from our region to learn more about the CCP program, but realize that while the program has tremendous benefits to college bound students it is not for everyone. In order for students to gain the most from the program, there is a strong expectation that students have the academic ability and, equally important, the maturity level to succeed in a college/university environment.      

CCP is an extremely valuable program for all Ohioans and we at Ohio University-Chillicothe are elated to be able to help shape future generations from the region and expose them to college at an early age.

For more information on CCP at OUC, visit ohio.edu/dualenrollment/collegecreditplus/resources/chillicothe.cfm.

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