ASCC has been working closely with Thomasville High School to offer both academic and career tech dual enrollment classes. ASCC offers dual enrollment welding classes in THS's welding lab. Currently, 16 students are registered for those classes. In addition, more students come from THS to the ASCC campus, where they attend both welding and industrial maintenance classes. Fourteen THS students are currently taking welding courses on the ASCC Thomasville Campus and they are slated for graduation this spring. They will graduate with a short-term certificate in welding prior to graduating from high school.
ASCC Dean of Instruction Ann Clanton said a lot of hard work went into establishing these programs. "Because high schools follow block schedules, their times didn't line up to the schedule at the college," she said. "We revamped our technical schedule to accomodate those students. We set aside hours in the morning and in the afternoon to allow them to take classes with us."
In addition, Clanton said ASCC set up evning classes and Friday morning classes to work around the dual enrollment students' schedules. "We had to really get creative to make it work but we got it going and the response has been great," she said. "We're really pleased with the level of interest and with the number of students participating. We're working on plans now to expland the program so that more students can take part in the future."
Dr. Reginald Sykes, President of Alabama Southern, said the career-technical program benefits both students as well as local businesses and industries. "The students enrolled in the career technical program are learning important job skills that they can use to go straight into the workplace," he said. "In addition, local businesses and industries will be getting highly trained, skilled employees who will make an immediate impact on the success of their businesses. It is a win-win for everyone."
ACSS also conducts dual enrollment for academic classes. THS students can take English 101 and English 102 in mini-terms. Fifteen students are enrolled in those courses. In addition to that, students from several area high schools can take dual enrollment courses on the Alabama Southern Campuses.
Dr. Sykes said the dual enrollment program for academics is also having an impact. The college has a program entitled "POGO" to encourage students to take dual enrollment academic classes. Under "POGO" (which stands for pass one, get one) students who make a C or better in a dual enrollment academic program class will receive the next class free through a program under the ASCC Foundation. POGO does not apply to the career tech students whose funding for attendance comes from career tech funds.
"The number of dual enrollment students taking academic classes has really increased," he said. "I think parents have caught on to the idea as well as the students. Students in the dual enrollment program can earn college credit and high school credit while they're still living at home and going to high school. That can save parents a lot of money when it comes to paying for college.
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KidCheck Plus is again offering FREE health screenings to our students. It will be held Tuesday, March 3, 2015, from 8:00 am until 2:30 pm at Thomasville Middle School gym. We will include both middle school and high school students
We are partnering with Alabama Southern Community College nursing program whose students will perform the screenings with supervision by their instructors. This event has been a great tool in helping us find undetected health conditions in children and keeping them healthy.
The event is not possible without help from the community. We provide a snack, drink and simple lunch for the nursing students and our volunteers. This will include about 30 nursing students/faculty and around 20 volunteers. Several individuals, community organizations and churches provided this for us in the past.
Please consider where you may be able to help, whether it is providing water, snacks, lunch or a donation of your time. You may contact Candy Thompson, Lead School Nurse, at 334-636-4451 or 334-636-4928 for questions or donations.
Thank you for your consideration! It’s all about the kids and helping them to be as healthy as possible!
The Fiscal Year 2014 Accountability Reports are available upon request. These reports include Funding and Expenditures Reports by Fund Source, Cost Center and Program, School Safety and Discipline Reports. Please contact Linda McGhee, Chief School Finance Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 334-636-9955.
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