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RACC high school Dual Enrollment Program proves to be pandemic-resistant

By Reading Area Community College

Sep 02, 2020

Reading, PA – Reading Area Community College’s (RACC) Dual Enrollment Program proves pandemic-resistant as it continues to strengthen partnerships with Berks County schools to offer dual credit to approved high school dual enrollment and technical and teacher academy courses; and teachers who are instructing face-to-face and virtually. Open enrollment is happening now until October 9, 2020.

More than 900 high school students participated in a RACC early college program last year. The program is available at 16 of the 18 Berks County school districts, both career and technology centers, and Berks Catholic. Dual Enrollment courses taught at the high school during the school day is the most accessible and affordable at $99 a credit of the early college programs. Berks County Technical and Teacher Academies are statewide models for providing access to clear, college and career pathways to RACC’s associate degree in high-paying, high-demand occupations. These partnerships flourish because they place students and families first as each program is designed to fit the high school’s unique schedule and course catalog.

As example of one innovative partnership, flourishing despite the pandemic is Daniel Boone Area High School’s early college programming. In four short years, this program has expanded from a few collected courses, to a defined college and career pathway. This partnership includes an associate degree, and starting this year, opportunities for seniors to earn an industry credential in medical assisting and veterinary assistant program. Daniel Boone Area High School currently offers 20 dual enrollment courses, with opportunities to earn college credit in all five of the Career Ready Berks educational pathways.

Daniel Boone Area High School Principal Aaron Sborz says “The partnership that Daniel Boone Area High School and RACC have been able to cultivate over the last four years has afforded students the tremendous opportunity to graduate with both a diploma from Daniel Boone Area High School and an associate’s degree from RACC. This enables students to get a jump-start on their life path after high school. We look forward to growing and strengthening our partnership for years to come.”

RACC’s online learning is also pandemic-resistant with over 130 online courses. High school seniors are taking advantage of enrolling in an easily transferrable general education course, including online science lab courses. Standard tuition fees and rates apply, $194 per credit.

If you have questions regarding dual enrollment or RACC programs, visit www.racc.edu/DE or contact RACC Assistant Director of Community and Academic Partnerships, Kristen M. Marcinko at [email protected], 610-372-4721 x5127.

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