by jamesc 3/17/2017 11:13:55 AM --
NORFOLK - A new program at Northeast Community College that gives high school seniors the opportunity to attend college will be expanding its course offerings for the fall.
In the College’s new Fridays @ Northeast program, high school seniors spend the final day of their school week on campus as college students. The classes offered through the program introduce students to a variety of career and technical education program areas, and classes lead directly into a program of study upon the student’s high school graduation.
A total of 41 students from 13 high schools and one home school are participating in the program
John Blaylock, vice president of Educational Services at Northeast, said the program’s pilot year has served both the College and participating high schools well.
“Students have been exceptional in the classroom and labs, and have learned skills they can take with them to the workplace or move into a college program after high school. High school administrators have expressed their appreciation for the opportunity and have said their students are excited to come to class each week and share their experiences with friends and teachers in their local schools.”
Dr. Jon Cerny, superintendent of Bancroft-Rosalie Community Schools, said Fridays @ Northeast has been an excellent experience for their students.
“Bancroft-Rosalie made the decision to participate because we are interested in rethinking the senior year, looking for ways to make it more meaningful and serving as a transition to post-secondary education or into the workforce.”
Shane Alexander, superintendent of Bloomfield Community Schools, said their two students who participated in the program succeeded in both their Northeast classes and managing their academic requirements.
“One student in particular had an entirely different view of school in general as a result of the offerings in the Northeast program. The feedback from our students has been 100 percent positive, and current registrations for next year look to have more students signing up.”
Wyatt Moore, Tekamah, a senior at Tekamah-Herman High School, comes with a fellow student to the Northeast Community College Extended Campus in South Sioux City every Friday for welding classes in the College’s Industrial Training building. He said the Fridays @ Northeast program has allowed him to learn skills that he will need when goes out “into the real world and weld.”
“I am actually preparing myself to take a test and get certified to weld. I have learned a lot more here than just welding. At school, we just build things like trailers just to get to know the process. But here at Northeast, we actually learn the welding process and techniques.”
Blaylock said that Northeast plans to offer an expanded set of classes for the 2017-18 year to include building construction, diversified manufacturing, drafting, early childhood education, emergency medical technician, graphic design, horticulture, information technology and wind energy courses, in addition to this year’s offerings in agriculture, auto body technology, automotive technology, basic nurse aide, medication aide, medical terminology and welding.
“This expanded set of courses has been endorsed by the Northeast Nebraska Career Academy Partnership board consisting of high school and ESU (educational service unit) administrators and representatives from Northeast who have been a part of the planning process for the Fridays @ Northeast program,” he said.
Students earn college credit for the courses, and because all faculty have completed the dual credit permit process through the Nebraska Department of Education, the student’s high school can elect to give high school credit for the courses.
Each class is held on the Norfolk campus. Welding and health and wellness courses will be offered at the O’Neill extended campus with health and wellness programming added at South Sioux City. The South Sioux City extended campus will also host early childhood education courses. Fall semester classes will run August 25 to December 8, 2017, spring semester classes will meet January 12 to May 4, 2018, and year-long courses will be held August 25, 2017, to May 4, 2018.
Students must be registered by Friday, April 7, 2017. To register, students should see their high school guidance counselor for an early college application/registration form or visit the Northeast Community College website at http://northeast.edu/Admissions/Early-College.
PHOTO ID: High school students in the Northeast Community College Fridays @ Northeast welding program at the South Sioux City Extended Campus.