LOWELL | Starting Aug. 19, there will be 13 after-hours Ivy Tech courses for students and the community, including four related to the "Steelworker for the Future" program.
In addition, Lowell High School students have 44 dual credit opportunities with Ivy Tech Community College during the school day. There were 13 dual credit courses last year.
Assistant Superintendent Nathan Kleefisch told the Tri-Creek School Board Thursday the offerings were finalized just before registration, so he's working to get the word out.
The after-school and evening courses will be offered in classrooms in the Tri-Creek Administration Center, 195 W. Oakley Avenue. Tuition is $116.15 per credit hour.
"We are now on their literature and considered a legitimate site," Kleefisch said of Ivy Tech and its marketing campaign.
Dual credit offerings for Lowell High School students have jumped from 13 courses to 44 courses after working closely with Ivy Tech on credentialing, Kleefisch said. There is no tuition charge for those classes.
"That's just the beginning," Kleefisch said of the dual credit offerings.
Lowell High School Assistant Principal Shannon Richards said 692 students are currently signed up for dual credit and advanced placement courses. That number is up from last year's 350 students.
A July 30 letter to parents and guardians of high school students explained students wanting dual credit must pass a college readiness assessment.
Board Vice President Michelle Dumbsky said she would like to see the dual credit offerings communicated better to parents.
For instance, Dumbsky said, she hopes students considering mid-term graduation will understand they can get tuition-free college credit.
"These kids could stay in school and save money," she said.
Lowell High School Principal Lori Pavell said the guidance office will be working hard to make students aware of the dual credit offerings and their impact.
In the letter, Kleefisch suggested the after school courses at the administration center are a good way to get a head start on college.
Kleefisch said the Steelworker for the Future program focuses on mechanical engineering/manufacturing, electrical repair and energy.
While an alternative for those not on college track, Kleefisch said the program is demanding. "Obviously, it's not an easy journey. It requires hard work and dedication," he said.
More information can be found at www.steelworkerforthefuture.com/