Lake Tahoe Unified School District board approves dual-enrollment program |

Lake Tahoe Unified School District board approves dual-enrollment program

Jack Barnwell

South Tahoe High School students will have a new opportunity to get a taste of the college experience under a proposed agreement with Lake Tahoe Community College.

The Lake Tahoe Unified School District’s Board of Education approved a memorandum of understanding Tuesday night for a dual-enrollment course with an emphasis on career preparation for high school freshmen.

Bob Grant, director of Career Technical Education at LTUSD, said the deal has been two to three years in the making.

“This is the triple crown because every one wins,” Grant said.

Grant said incoming high school freshmen can get college experience, their college identification and an idea what college can be like.

“It will give them a sense of what they want to do,” Grant said.

He added that,as this was the first roll out, he hopes to extend the program to grades 10 through 12.

It would require freshmen to develop a 10-year plan spanning through high school and college and allow students to modify it as the years progress.

While it provides a taste of the college experience, Grant said it will be another high school course in all other facets.

One caveat for Nevada residents who pay to attend LTUSD will be that they either have to pay college tuition or opt out of receiving college credit for the class.

South Tahoe High School students can already enroll at LTCC through a special-admission process subject to a recommendation from a principal or a counselor and approved by a parent or guardian and a college counselor.

A parent or legal guardian’s consent will still be required.

Students will gain five college credit units per quarter and five units that apply toward graduation.

The new agreement calls for joint development of dual-enrollment classes taught by high school instructors that meet LTCC’s minimum teaching credentials.

A separately approved course framework sets up enrollment for the freshmen, replacing the high school’s freshman seminar class. LTCC has waived fees for the class.

In addition, LTUSD provides instructional facilities, supplies and textbooks to its dual-enrolled students.

Grant called the program an important step for instructors as well. The program is a validation of LTUSD programs and helps show how high schoolers may do in college, Grant said. He added that teachers who participate receive a stipend from the college based on their standards.

The college gets full-time equivalent students, something that has been in flux for the last three years.

There has also been a big push across California to have high school students both career and college ready. Assembly Bill 288, pending legislation being evaluated in the California Senate, would provide more tools for the dual-enrollment program.

The school district hopes to hammer out a second dual-enrollment program for its Career Technical Education classes.

“We provide the same curriculum or more than they offer at the college,” Grant said. For now, however, the focus will remain on the freshman college course.

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