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09-18-2013


UC’s dual credit program continues to make progress

Williamsburg, KY.,- University of the Cumberlands (UC) has maintained a successful dual credit program for nearly two decades and they continue to make positive changes in order to meet students’ educational and financial needs.

“UC’s dual credit program is a wonderful opportunity for high school students,” said UC’s Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Larry Cockrum. “If the high schools decide to participate with us, they are offered two to three courses per semester at a reduced rate. This will help students and their parents out immensely and they can get a jump start on their college credit hours as well.”

All students who participate in UC’s dual credit program must be accepted to the university through admissions. For Kentucky students, any junior or senior may apply whereas some states, such as Florida, allow students to enroll as sophomores. Local high schools such as Corbin High School, Whitley County High School, and Williamsburg High School have been taking advantage of UC’s educational offer for many years as well as schools in Northern Kentucky, Florida, and other parts of the United States.

Recently, Corbin High School jumped in full steam after they began providing their students with a third way to receive their college credit. The students are able to come to UC’s campus for classes, participate in an online course, or, as Corbin now demonstrates, have a SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) certified teacher teach the college course in their own high school classrooms. The high school teacher must use UC’s course syllabi, course material, and text.

“We want to pursue an agreement with other schools in the area and allow them to take full advantage of this amazing program here at UC,” expressed UC’s School of Lifelong Learning Director, Gina Bowlin. “I think teachers and students will find these courses, and the college credit they receive along with them, to be more cost effective than AP courses.”

This year, there are 246 high school students currently enrolled in UC’s dual credit program. Cockrum has plans to expand the program and have more schools get on board.

“This program can possibly bring new students to the University of the Cumberlands, which is great, but this program is more about helping students and their families get a jump-start at an excellent college education at a reduced cost,” explained Cockrum. “Taking college courses while still in high school might influence them to apply themselves and continue with their college education. The better we educate society, the better off we all are. This can and will enhance students’ lives and it is an amazing program that students should not overlook.”

For information on the dual credit program, contact the Office of Admissions at 606-539-4241.

Located in Williamsburg, KY., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; 10 pre-professional programs; ten graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information visit www.ucumberlands.edu.