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NewsWednesday, November 13, 2013
A group of Crescent High School seniors are engaging in a new career pathway program designed specifically for them to achieve a Tri-County credential by the time they graduate from high school. Pictured from left are (standing) Justin Parnell, Trent Hill, Grant Harbiin, and Nathan Burdette, and (seated) Cheyanne Davis, Ian McCraw, and Blake McDonald.
Crescent Students Get Head Start on College through Tri-County’s New Career Pathway Program
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 11/7/2013
(By Lisa Garrett)
ANDERSON --- Crescent High School seniors who signed up for a new career pathway program through Tri-County Technical College knew it was a great opportunity to get a head start on college credits. They just didn't realize it posed the potential of earning 20 hours of college credits - giving them more than a semester of college during their senior year.
In addition, if they maintain their LIFE scholarship status, their education at Tri-County for the next two years will be free.
"It's a good deal," said Ian McCraw. "For a small fee, we can a earn a maximum of 20 college hours and a credential during our senior year. It's great to get started early with college," he added.
They're talking about a new career pathway program designed for Crescent High School students to achieve a Tri-County credential by the time they graduate from high school.
Students receive Technical Advanced Placement credit for electricity classes taken in high school; then dually enroll at the Anderson Campus for four Engineering and Industrial Technology classes during their senior year. The program culminates with students receiving a Basic Electronics Certificate by the time they graduate from high school. They also accrue 20-plus hours of college credit towards an associate degree in either Mechatronics or Industrial Electronics.
This innovative career pathways model is the first of several being developed with school districts in the College's service area. These career pathways will provide the employer-defined skills needed in advanced manufacturing, business and other disciplines.
These Crescent seniors travel to Tri-County's Anderson Campus four mornings a week and spend three hours in two classes -- AC DC Circuits II and Digital Electronics.
In the spring they will take two more classes for a total of 20 college semester hours.
"My goal is to finish Tri-County in just three semesters," says Justin Parnell, who plans to major in Industrial Electronics Technology.
Like all of the students, Cheyanne Davis plans to enter Tri-County next fall. "When the College presented this program to us, I saw it as an opportunity, not as more schoolwork. It really reinforces what we have learned in classes at Crescent."
"They are a great group of students," said instructor Doug Allen, who is Industrial Technology department head at the College. "They are well prepared with basic concepts. We take what they have learned at Crescent and use it to do advanced problem solving in preparation for a career as a multi-skilled technician."
Instructor and Tri-County alumna Lisa Nabors, who teaches the Digital Electronics class, agrees. "They are very engaged and prepared beyond their interest and skills. They take initiative, are self-starters and are eager to learn. They come in and get the work done and can solve problems on their own because they had a good background coming in. They will be excellent Tri-County students. I wish I'd had this opportunity when I was their age."