|Published: 10:26 AM, 06/17/2013
||Last updated: 10:27 AM, 06/17/2013
Author: Jessica Cross
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
MADISONVILLE-Who will it be, Hiwassee
College or Cleveland State Community College, who can offer dual
enrollment credit courses for high school students in Monroe County?
That's the decision the Monroe County
Board of Eduction is facing.
After hearing numerous complaints about
dual enrollment credits not transferring from Hiwassee College,
Director of Schools Mike Lowry made the School Board aware of the
situation. The school system is now considering leaving their
partnership with Hiwassee College and signing on with Cleveland State
Community College for students to take dual enrollment classes.
At the meeting of the board on
Thursday, however, 2nd District School Board member Janie
Harrill asked the board to maintain their dual enrollment
relationship with Monroe County's own Hiwassee College.
"I know in the past there has been
some considerable hoopla about some credits not transferring," said Harrill. "But these things occur everywhere. It is the
responsibility of the student to explore where they are going or at
least have an idea of where they are going to go to college when they
take these classes so Hiwassee can make sure the credits will
In a lengthy discussion, board
members expressed concerns and told stories they'd heard about
credits not transferring. Both Hiwassee College and Cleveland
State Community College representatives were at the meeting to
"It's been a part of Monroe County
for years," said Harrill. "Why do we want to send money to
Bradley County when we can keep it here in Monroe County? I hope you
will consider Hiwassee for these dual enrollment classes and keep
them in county, because that's where they need to stay."
The decision on dual enrollment was
tabled until the July meeting so both colleges can present detailed
information to the board about enrollment numbers and any
issues they have had with credits transferring.
Pick up the upcoming Wednesday, June
19, edition of The Advocate & Democrat for details from the
discussion and a comparison of the two colleges' dual enrollment
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