Thursday, January 12, 2017

Chancellor John Carey visits OUC to discuss impact of College Credit Plus program


Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor John Carey visited the Ohio University Chillicothe Campus Wednesday to discuss the regional impact of the College Credit Plus program.

CC+, an Ohio Department of Higher Education initiative, allows students in grades as early as seven and through their senior year, to take college credit courses free of charge. Students can complete the college level class to earn dual credit for high school graduation and college simultaneously.

Campus Dean Dr. Martin Tuck and Chancellor Carey highlighted the program’s success during an interview with local radio station WKKJ’s Dan Ramey prior to showcasing the Chillicothe campus to the ODHE’s top official.

Both Carey and Tuck discussed the importance of access to quality higher education throughout the South-Central Ohio region which is provided through CC+.

“The College Credit Plus program has been instrumental in helping those in Chillicothe and surrounding communities gain an advantage when it comes to a college education,” said Tuck. “With more than 160 students having participated in the program at OUC this past semester alone, it’s opened doors for area students and the campus. We are delighted to be a part of this successful state initiative.”

Carey met with OUC students who are actively enrolled in CC+ to gain a better understanding of its bearing on student achievement and garner valuable feedback from program participants.  

Olivia Henness, a Unioto High School graduate and student at OUC studying early childhood education, spoke about her experience in CC+ and how it helped her prepare for college, save money and ultimately be a better student.

“I thought it was great that he wanted to meet with students who have participated or are participating in College Credit Plus in order to get their feedback on the program to better improve it,” Henness noted.  “I did College Credit Plus in high school and it allowed me to get ahead in my degree and I am now going to graduate a semester early, saving me a lot of money. From my experience, I would definitely encourage students to take advantage of this opportunity.”

Students were also able to offer ideas on how the program could be improved in the future which included ideas such as expanding in-school course offerings at the high schools.

“It would be nice to have more course offerings in local schools to help with the costs of driving back and forth to a college,” said Henness. “It would also give more students the opportunity to attend the courses, which is a great outcome.”  

In September of 2016, the ODHE released their report on the first year’s findings for CC+, estimating that more than 52,00 students enrolled in the program saving more than $110 million in tuition for Ohio families. It is expected that the state will see an increase in student enrollment as more Ohioans take advantage of the chance to attain college and high school dual credit through the program.

For more information on College Credit Plus, visit www.ohiohighered.org or www.ohio.edu/dualenrollment.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

OUC Athletics, Theater holding tryouts this Friday

The Ohio University Chillicothe campus will be hosting auditions and tryouts for two different extra curricular organizations this Friday, Jan. 13, 2017.

The Lady Hilltoppers softball team will hold open tryouts Friday morning at 11 a.m. in the Shoemaker gymnasium. Ladies who are interested in competing at the collegiate level can call or email Coach George Beck for more information at 740.649.8804 or email beckg@ohio.edu.

The official season opener for OUC Softball will be Feb. 17, 2017 versus Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio.

The OUC student theater organization will also be hosting auditions for their spring performance Friday night from 6-9 p.m. in Bennett Hall auditorium. The STO will be performing "Sordid Lives" by Del Shores, a black comedy about white trash based on Shores' experiences growing up gay in conservative, rural Texas.

In addition to actors for the show, there is a need for volunteers including backstage crew.

Interested individuals should contact student theater organization president Ernest Herman for more information on the production. 


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.