Western State Colorado University will provide high school students with increased access to higher education opportunities through its new Leap Concurrent Enrollment Program.
Designed to support students’ transition to college, the program allows current high school students the opportunity to take online college courses for both high school and college credit.
Western, along with 10 other state institutions of higher education in Southern Colorado, have embarked on this exciting and innovative educational initiative that will positively impact high school students and their families, as they prepare for post-secondary academic careers. High school students will now have the unique opportunity to take online, college-level courses while enrolled in high school.
The program may also help decrease the cost of a college education.
Graduating high school students completing 15 hours in the concurrent enrollment program may also be eligible for a $2,000 Western academic scholarship. The scholarship is available for up to eight consecutive semesters, and recipients may also qualify for additional institutional, state and federal awards.
In support of the project, Western has developed 10 online courses across six disciplines to be offered in fall 2012. Course offerings are scheduled to expand each semester.
Western is one of 10 southern Colorado colleges and universities to develop the concurrent enrollment program, while collaborating on a grant from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education. Other institutions in the consortium include Adams State University, Colorado State University – Pueblo, Ft. Lewis College, University of Colorado Springs, Lamar Community College, Otero Junior College, Pueblo Community College, Pikes Peak Community College and Trinidad State Junior College.