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Archbishop Williams students can earn college credits at UConn

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  March 14, 2012 12:37 PM

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Archbishop Williams High School has become the first out-of-state high school to offer courses for college credit at the University of Connecticut, the school announced this week.

According to a release, Archbishop Williams students can participate starting next fall in UConn’s dual enrollment program, which, established in 1955, is the longest-running of its type in the country.

The school is the eighth college to partner with ABW's Dual Enrollment Program, which was started last year. Already, with over 80 students in the program, the initiative has been considered a success.

The program enables students to enroll in online classes, take college classes at Archbishop Williams, or attend college classes at nearby university campuses, giving them college credit before they even have a high school diploma in hand.

Archbishop Williams officials say that not only do students save time and money in eventually obtaining a college degree, studies have shown that students who experience college courses before their peers generally do better when they get to college.

“What is more, the flexibility and convenience of taking courses on the high school campus during the regular school day has enabled more students to take advantage of the program,” a release said.

With the new technology plan forthcoming at Archbishop, which will put an iPad into the hand of every student starting next year, online courses will be even more accessible during the school day.

“We are proud of all our collegiate partners”, said Carmen Mariano, president of
Archbishop Williams High School, in a release. “UConn is a special addition. Their dual enrollment program has been in place for over 55 years and we are the first out-of-state high school ever accepted!”

UConn’s Early College Experience program is accredited by the The National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP). Archbishop Williams is one of only a handful of high schools to be accepted into that program.

“UConn’s selection of Archbishop Williams to be its first ECE out-of-state partner came after ECE administrators from UConn visited the school and acknowledged that Archbishop Williams’ Dual Enrollment program provides the rigor and quality necessary for success in providing high school students with early college experience,” the school said in a release.

For additional information about the program, call 781-843-3636 or visit www.awhs.org.

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