|From left to right: Steven, Seleehom, Elizabeth,Vincenzo, Kelli, Cedric, Rachael, Jade, Andrew, Betty Morrow|
This school year the University of Texas-University Charter School (UT-UCS) Methodist Children’s Home (MCH) in Waco has 11 students from the Waco campus and Boys Ranch who will be participating in the dual credit program. This program provides our high school juniors and seniors the chance to enroll in courses that will earn them both college and high school credit.
“These students all had a 3.0 or higher grade point average, in addition to having passed the college readiness test in order to qualify to take the dual credit classes” said Betty Morrow, school coordinator.
Six students are taking dual credit courses at McLennan Community College (MCC) in Waco. These students are taking courses in sociology, psychology, U.S government, philosophy and introduction to health profession/essentials of medical terminology on the MCC campus.
The other five students are taking classes through Texas State Technical College (TSTC) while attending the Greater Waco Manufacturing Academy (GWAMA) half a day. These classes include robotics, electronics, engineering design and advanced welding.
“Students may enroll in academic courses, which apply toward a bachelor’s degree or they can choose workforce courses, which provide training for a particular profession,” Morrow explained. “Dual credit students typically can earn one semester of college credits per year. The GWAMA students will earn advanced workforce certificates and also have guaranteed job offers from area business after high school graduation. All of the students get benefits like access to college resources, free tuition, and experience with college expectations and campus life.”