- Associated Press - Sunday, June 14, 2015

BELDEN, Miss. (AP) - Lee County School District students in vocational and technical classes this fall can also earn college credits from Itawamba Community College.

The program takes effect this fall. Michelle Sumerel, dean of e-learning at Itawamba, said it is a pilot program the community college hopes to eventually expand to other schools.

“The goal is for them to earn high school and college credits, to help them choose a career path and also to give them the opportunity to be ready for that career,” Sumerel told the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (https://bit.ly/1IO32jv ).

The students will attend classes at Itawamba’s Belden campus.

They can enroll in one of five clusters and will earn both high school and college credit for each course they complete.

Lee County Superintendent Jimmy Weeks said available courses will be law enforcement, marketing, advanced manufacturing, welding and health sciences. Students can complete four courses in any one cluster, possibly earning as many as 12 community college hours.

Each cluster also will offer an opportunity to earn a national certification that will help students in eventually landing a job, Sumerel said.

The classes will be taught by Itawamba faculty from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. each Monday through Friday.

The program will cost the school district about $60,000 to $65,000, Weeks said. The district and Itawamba hope to expand it next year.

Participants must meet Itawamba’s dual enrollment guidelines, which includes having previously earned at least 12 high school credits and having either a grade-point average above 2.5 or an ACT score above 16.


Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, https://djournal.com

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