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Associate Degree in Arts and Sciences General Studies Buckingham County High School. Purpose. To design an Associate Degree Program at Buckingham County High School thereby offering the opportunity for highly motivated students to enhance their educational experience. Background.

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Associate degree in arts and sciences general studies buckingham county high school

Associate Degree in Arts and SciencesGeneral StudiesBuckingham County High School


Purpose

Purpose

  • To design an Associate Degree Program at Buckingham County High School thereby offering the opportunity for highly motivated students to enhance their educational experience.


Background

Background

  • Natural outgrowth of established dual enrollment classes offered at BCHS.

  • Changes implemented in the 2010-2011 school year

  • SVCC partnership.

  • Need to provide our students with increased academic options necessary for post secondary education and workforce entry.

  • Resulted from pedagogical discussions between various stakeholders within the county.


Committee members

Committee Members

  • Administration

  • Dual Enrollment Instructors

  • Department Heads

  • Guidance

  • Ad Hoc Members


Educator requirements academic courses

Educator Requirements – Academic Courses

  • Masters degree in the content area.

  • Masters degree (any area) must have 18 graduate hours in the content area.

  • Examples of Academic Courses are

    • History/Government

    • English/Humanities

    • Mathematics

    • Science

    • Psychology

    • Business Law

  • Students must pass both the reading and writing portions of the SVCC placement test.


Educator requirements adjunct courses

Educator Requirements – Adjunct Courses

  • These are courses leading to specific certifications

  • Baccalaureate and appropriate industry certifications and approval from SVCC.

  • Adjunct Courses are:

    * Computer Information Systems Courses

    • Nursing courses

    • Criminal Justice

    • Forestry

    • Welding

      *This course is part of the general requirements for a General Associates Degree program


Current classes teachers

Current Classes/Teachers

General Associates Degree program offerings:

  • Biology – Mr. Caldwell

  • English – Ms Wright (Provisional)

  • English – Mrs. Hinds

  • Political Science – Mr. Mc Christian

  • History – Mrs. Bennett

  • Computer Information System – Mrs Weir, Mrs. Branch

    Certification Courses:

  • Adv. Computer Information Systems – Mrs. Weir, Mrs. Branch

  • Intro to Game Design/Development – Mrs. Weir

  • Business Management – Mrs Branch

  • Pre Veterinary – Mr. Senger

  • Nursing -- Pending


The initial cohort

The Initial Cohort

  • 8th grade students were given the initial SVCC placement examination (Spring 11).

    • Letter sent to parents, voluntary opt out.

    • Students had to apply and pass the initial tests for reading and writing

    • Cohort 2015 consists of 30 eighth grade students


The cohort requirements

The Cohort Requirements

  • Students must pass the SVCC placement test.

    • Score a 39 on the READING

    • Score a 41 on the WRITING

    • Mathematics test during the junior year

  • Parent/Student contract

  • SVCC Application


Freshman sophomore

Freshman/Sophomore


Junior senior

Junior/Senior


Students not in cohort

Students Not In Cohort

  • Students may take dual enrollment classes even though they are not in the cohort.

  • Pass the SVCC placement test in writing and reading if taking academic courses and the math test in their junior year.

  • May take online courses through SVCC in the summer or during school with permission of principal.

  • Online Advancement Placement courses may also be utilized to meet elective requirements.

    • SVCC requires a minimum of a “3” to award credit.

  • Students work with guidance and administration to craft a program of study that meets their needs and encourages advanced study.


Costs

Costs

  • Books

    • Books are currently being provided through the school system.


What if we do not have the instructors

What if we do not have the instructors?

  • Some additional options are available

    • SVCC provides the instructor and tuition is charged

    • Virtual AP courses to fill gaps.

      • They must score a minimum of 3 to receive credit.

    • Online Courses

    • Central Office/High School-work to “home grow” instructors.


Visions for the future

Visions for the Future

  • Potential exists to offer Associate of Applied Science.

  • Various Certificate Programs (Career Studies) such as

    • Applications Software Specialist

    • Bookkeeping

    • Corrections

    • Cosmetology and Barbering

    • Gaming Technology


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