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May 5, 2013

OUR VIEW: Getting students college-bound

The student who knew he or she was college-bound from the time they walked into kindergarten to the student who never dreamed it was even possible to the student who hasn’t given college much thought. They all stand to benefit from the work Logansport High School and Indiana University Kokomo are doing.

While the two schools already have a dual-credit partnership, they are now looking at ways to enhance the program. Specifically, they are looking for ways to give students a taste of the college experience. Any opportunity designed to help students make the transition from high school to college can only help.

Some students leave high school completely unprepared for the demands of college. There’s no teacher following you around reminding you to do your homework. You have your syllabus and yourself. The motivation for success in college must come from within. Enrolling high school students in Advance Placement classes will open their eyes to this fact.

Some students don’t consider college because it seems scary and far from home. The campus seems too large and confusing. The professors seem unapproachable and intimidating. Getting students on campus and into a college classroom will help alleviate some of those fears.

These both are items are up for discussion between LHS and IUK officials. While developments have yet to be made official, those involved in the discussions said they might entail arranging college visits and introducing high school faculty members to college faculty members to establish an easier transition for students going from high school coursework to college coursework.

You can never have too many programs designed to help students move from high school to college. Earning dual-credits in high school is only one aspect of early preparation for college. Giving students a taste of college life is just as important.

For some, you’ll be confirming what they already know. For others, you’ll be opening the door to a dream they didn’t know they could have.

Helping either is a worthy goal.

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