Sebring students have a head start in college


SEBRING – The students of Sebring McKinley Jr./Sr. The high school could graduate with enough credits to move into the second year of college through Sebring’s College Credit Plus program.

Sebring offers 52 college credits to McKinley students through the College Credit Plus program. Including English, Spanish, and History / Social Studies, there are 16 CCP courses available for students.

For students like Bryanne Luca, these courses provide the opportunity to meet certain general education requirements before leaving high school while also fulfilling the requirements for a high school diploma.

Luca took courses in Elementary I and II Spanish, US Government, Comparative Economics, and Composition I and II, which earned him a double credit, qualifying for a high school diploma while by providing at least three university credits per class when passing. Luca is taking four more CCP courses this school year, adding an additional 14 college credits to the 20 she earned before even starting her final year.

“She had to take the classes anyway, so she decided why not use her time to earn college credits,” says Samantha Luca, Bryanne’s mother. “This frees up space in her schedule for other compulsory courses and has also saved her a lot of money on tuition fees.”

With a college costing on average at least $ 550 per credit hour, each of these courses could save families $ 2,400 or more. In Luca’s case, she has already saved about $ 18,000 for the 34 college credits she will earn.

The lessons are free for his family.

“I see students coming out of their final year with 34 college credits, if they start CCP courses in second year,” said Sebring McKinley guidance counselor Michael D’Amico.

Entering second year could cut down on time spent in college, saving up to a full year in tuition, as well as books and, potentially, room and board. The CCP could also help students expand their coursework, for example by adding a second major or additional minor throughout a traditional four-year university experience.

“Brianne’s main goal was to try and cut some of her general education courses so she could focus on her major in college,” Samantha Luca said. “It could give him a semester or more ahead of all the other first year entrants.”

Nicole Mathias, who teaches English Language Arts at McKinley, including several of the CCP English courses, explains that CCP courses have outcomes defined by Eastern Gateway Community College, while high school courses follow the standards of the ‘State of Ohio.

District Spanish teacher Amy Thagard said that in advanced Spanish classes, students are treated like college adults. Once students enter Spanish 3 (CCP Spanish Elementary I and II) and Spanish 4 (CCP Spanish Intermediate I and II), students take responsibility for communicating with the teacher and meeting the expectations of a college in with regard to excused absences and deadlines. The pace of the course is faster and the homework is more difficult compared to the entry-level Spanish 1 and 2 courses.

The CCP does not require any additional testing at the end of the course to contribute to a student’s academic career.

“It’s great to hear from our graduates who have taken CCP courses. The feedback they get from teachers and the way they feel prepared are worth it, ”says Mathias.

Classes also stimulate students upon arrival on campus.

“Just that you don’t have any extra work as a freshman is a plus,” Thagard said.

Students who complete all Spanish courses at the Sebring CCP leave high school with 16 university credits in the language. “I often highly recommend that students consider a Spanish minor – they’re almost halfway when they enter most universities! said Thagard.

Program details

Sebring students who are accepted into the College Credit Plus program through Eastern Gateway Community College can take one of 16 dual credit courses in English, History and Foreign Language (Spanish). Those wishing to participate must meet the English or reading requirements as measured by the ACT (English score 18 or reading 22) or ACCUPLACER (English score 263 or reading 250) exams.

Spanish 4 students (Intermediate Spanish I and II College Credit Plus courses), front row left to right, Delaney Reggi, Devyn Reggi, Brooklyn Shellenbarger, Olivia Hawk, Bryanne Luca and Kalyla Caliguire;  and, last row from left, Zach Ruzek, Elijah Frederick, Andrew Latham, Jacob Wright and Noah Frederick.
Students in Spanish courses 3 (Elementary Spanish I and II College Credit Plus courses), front row left to right, Gage Barker (holding up bunny ears), Caydin Barker and Braydon Whaley;  and, back row from left, Gracie Ring, Katie Perkins, Mallory Harshman, Alexis Byrd, Sadie Barker and MacKenzie Koerner.

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