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High School Launching College Coalition, Supports Dual Enrollment

BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa Central School District (BSCSD) is part of the launch of The College in High School Alliance (CHSA), a coalition of leading organizations committed to policies that supporthigh-quality dual enrollment, concurrent enrollment, and early college high schools.

As an alliance member, the district joins 35 national and state organizations,  coordinated by a steering committee, comprised of KnowledgeWorks, Bard College, Jobs for the Future and the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships.

A press release from BSCSD said, “students who attend schools with high-quality dual enrollment, concurrent enrollment or early college programs are more likely than their peers to graduate high school, immediately enroll in a post-secondary institution and persist to completion. All three designs involve high school students taking college courses for college credit. Dual enrollment and early college high schools should be considered as key evidence-based strategies for moving students successfully to high school graduation and on to post-secondary education”.

Ballston Spa offers a variety of dual enrollment programs, including classes offered at the regional Clean Technologies & Sustainable Industries Early College High School (Clean Tech ECHS), a partnership with Hudson Valley Community College (HVCC).

Over 50 partners in business and industry qualified students for 1800 college credits this year.

“Coursework must lead to opportunity,” stated Joseph P. Dragone, Ph.D. Superintendent of Schools. “The district’s participation in this alliance strongly supports our belief that expanding access to college courses through high quality dual enrollment programs will strengthen post-secondary opportunities for our students.”

In 2017-2018, Ballston Spa High School will offer 25 courses for college credit with Schenectady County Community College (SCCC) and 20 courses with UAlbany, SUNY Adirondack, RIT and Syracuse University. Last year, through partnership with SCCC alone, families saved approximately $225,000 in tuition, and this year there are over 1000 course registrations that qualify for over 4000 credits for enrolled students.

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