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College Classes in High School

By Nathan Pitt, Distance Learning Specialist, NACTEC

36 high school students across Bering Strait School District attended 13 different University of Alaska courses during the ’08-’09 school year.  University courses have always been open to high school students who meet the prerequisites and can find time in their schedules.  Some students even take classes in the evening to take advantage of BSSD’s commitment to fund students pursuing college credits and experience. Now BSSD and UAF Northwest Campus have collaborated to make it more accessible for BSSD students.  UAF Northwest Campus, which is physically located in Nome, created a BSSD specific list of courses to be taught via distance and offered during the school day.  The idea is to get students college experience, skills, and even some college credits before they strike off on their own post-secondary journeys.

Spring Semester saw a jump in student enrollment for UAF Northwest Campus courses as students gear up for full time college courses this fall.  Spring courses mostly focused on college readiness through classes like University Communications which is designed to prepare students for college level writing.  Another course, College Success Skills, explicitly teaches college study skills along with reflective strategies for coping with college and adult life.  A math class was also offered which roughly equates to BSSD Math Level 11 or Algebra II.  Students in any course offered by the university also receive BSSD credit by passing standards and levels for the course work they complete.

Oceans students record observations in the lab

Oceans students record observations in the lab

The Oceans class is a prime example of how the system works.  It is a four credit class that satisfies a core course requirement for science in the University of Alaska system and can also go towards a Bachelor’s degree from UAF in Fisheries.  The course includes a lab component that took place in Nome over two weeks as a NACTEC session.  Nine BSSD students participated in the course and are also receiving BSSD credit for standards and levels they pass with the work they are doing.

A new list of courses for the 2009-2010 school year is already in the works.  College Reading and Math as well as College Success Skills are lined up for fall.  College Writing, The Oceans, Math, and another round of College Success Skills are slated for next spring.  See your school’s principal or contact Nathan Pitt at NACTEC for details.

Oceans Lab participants from left to right: Instructor Heidi Herter, Yvonne Pete, Merling Johnson, Theresa Olanna, Austen Erickson, Marc Barr, Frieda Grierson, Nelson Crockett and Marcus Barr

Oceans Lab participants from left to right: Instructor Heidi Herter, Yvonne Pete, Merlin Johnson, Theresa Olanna, Austen Erickson, Marc Barr, Frieda Grierson, Nelson Crockett and Marcus Barr

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