Monday, May 27, 2013
High School Diploma & an Associate Degree
The push for college degrees in the United States is not all bad if adapted for students of all interests and abilities and correlated with career and technical education (CTE). Several schools in Colorado are on the cutting edge of a streamlined process for associate degrees in skilled labor through the incorporation of concurrent enrollment (CE) classes at the high school level. The latest developments are happening in conjunction with the Ascent program in Jefferson County Public Schools. This effective high school innovation was recently profiled by The Denver Post.
JeffCo schools have teamed with Red Rocks Community College and/or Warren Technical School to enable highly motivated students to graduate with an associate's degree at the same time they are handed their high school diploma. And this is at no additional cost to the student. This way students like Eduardo Duran can become the first of their family to earn a college degree - and they are doing it tuition free. The only question is why all high schools in the Denver area are not developing similar programs.