EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Seventy percent of East Brunswick High School graduates took an average of three dual-credit courses last year.
Dual-credit classes provide students with the opportunity to gain both high school and college credits at the same time, moving them forward in higher education while they are still completing their high school requirements and electives. According to Superintendent Dr. Victor Valeski, the new EBHS/MCC College Pathways Program will provide even more students the chance to jump start their college careers.
The East Brunswick High School Senior Option has had 10 dual-credit course agreements with Middlesex County College for many years. In 2015, 517 EB students took an average of three MCC dual courses, earning 4,093 credits with an estimated college value to students and their parents of $1.5 million.
Through the Scholars Pathway Program, qualified students may opt during their high school careers to take a single college credit course; earn one, two or three semesters of a college degree; or even graduate at the same time with and EBHS diploma and an MCC Associate degree. The courses are aligned with the basic 45 Liberal Arts course credits required toward associate and bachelor degrees in colleges and universities across the country.
"This is year one of a multi-year phase-in," Valeski said. "This is a program targeting students who may not have the resources they need to refine what they want to do." Students will pay a reduced rate for Middlesex tuition and ultimately spend less on college overall, providing "a greater educational and dollar value" for our students.
The Pathway program, which is not limited to seniors, will include an expanded menu of courses from which students can choose and take courses of interest to them or courses that meet particular college requirements. "There will be opportunities to 'try out' college-level courses in the secure environment of EBHS," noted Valeski. Students will also have the opportunity to take summer courses at MCC.
Assistant Superintendent Dr. Evelyn Ogden has worked extensively with administrators from Middlesex County College to strengthen this "bridge" to success. The communal effort was provided by Dr. Mark McCormick, Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs; Dr. Theresa Orosz, Assistant Dean of Liberal Arts; Dr. Parag Muley, Chairperson for the Department of Natural Sciences; and Ms. Kimberlee Hooper, Director of Public Relations.
Students and parents interested in the College Pathways Program should contact their guidance counselors about offerings, requirements, and application dates.