Friday, December 06, 2013
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October 23, 2013
DALLAS -- Dallas High School and Chemeketa Community College's popular partnership program, Extended Campus, has added a second year in 2013-14, enabling students to earn a two-year degree for free.
Since 2005-06, Extended Campus has offered qualifying Dallas High School students a chance to finish their graduation requirements, but defer receiving a diploma for a year while taking courses at Chemeketa. Tuition and books are paid for through the program.
Extended Campus has grown steadily since its introduction, so much so that DHS decided to expand the program this year.
"We wanted to offer something to see kids through to an associate degree," said Brian Green, DHS assistant principal.
He said another benefit of adding a second year is that the school can continue to track those students after the first year to see how many finish with a two-year degree.
This year, 39 students who have completed the first year of Extended Campus have enrolled in year two.
"It's a great turnout," Green said, adding there is a possibility for growth next year. "Talking to students this year, I anticipate that there is going to be a majority of them who are going to want to stay for a second year. It's a two-year scholarship, is what it ends up being."
In addition to financial assistance, Chemeketa's counselors work with the high school's counselors to help Extended Campus students transition to college courses.
Green said that has helped, as those enrolled in the 2012-13 school year averaged a 2.96 GPA. In all, 257 of the 327 students who started the program have successfully completed the first year.
"I'm looking forward to the end of this year to see how many students end up earning an associate degree," Green said.
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