PLAINFIELD, NJ — A dual enrollment program at Kean University was announced at the board of education's work and study meeting by Superintendent Dr. Diana Mitchell. At this Tuesday's business meeting, Maryam Raja, the director of the high school partnership with Kean, gave a short presentation, outlining the program that allows high school students to take college classes while still enrolled in secondary school.

The students earn college credits at the same time they are completing classes needed to graduate high school. There are three options: Kean faculty teaches its curriculum at the university; a high school instructor teaches the Kean curriculum at school; and curriculum mapping, an advanced level course that matches the college course on their end.

"These options are here because they would change, depending on the course that is being partnered on, or that is being offered to the students. And also the needs of the school and the students," Raja said.

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Raja said, "Our partnership program is not just about students getting college courses and having credits at the end of their high school graduation. It's also about being ready for college, and being ready for success."

Additionally, Kean University President Lamont Repollet, Raja noted, introduced the Kean Scholar Academy, "a school within a school" that provides college courses and social and emotional development options to students as early as ninth grade. The program is expected to start this summer, and there will be up to ten schools, including Plainfield, that will participate.

 

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