August 5, 2015
Northwest Community College is offering students the chance to start university while they are still studying high school courses.
“These types of opportunities are greatly needed within a community as diverse as Prince Rupert,” said parent Judy Carlick-Pearson. “Our children need to have academic options which will allow them to achieve their goals sooner than anticipated.”
The Academy program at NWCC will be introduced at the Prince Rupert campus in September. It introduces a new option for high achieving high school students seeking to pursue dual credit or University level courses while still in high school.
“The Academy at NWCC is ideal for those high achieving students looking for a high quality opportunity to learn in an environment that meets their unique needs,” says Tanya Rexin, Dean of Instruction. “This is the ideal fit for students with specialized interests who may wish to register for independent directed studies and receive high school credits for areas they are passionate about, such as fine arts, music and more.”
Students in Grades 11 and 12 are invited to register for University Credit and Business Administration courses, so long as they meet the entrance requirements, at no additional cost. These dual credit courses, provide credits for high school completion as well as college credits.
“The supported learning environment provides students with a low student-teacher ratio, giving students significant academic support,” says Rexin. “Course work is largely online, accessible any time and all learners receive a lap top as part of their tuition costs.”
Current research shows that students who begin their post-secondary path with a college or vocational school are consistently more successful when transferring to complete a four-year university degree
Students may register at any time throughout the year, setting The Academy at NWCC apart from traditional brick and mortar schools. All courses are directed by BC teachers and meet all provincial learning outcomes.
The Academy at NWCC for students wish to achieve advance placement for college or university while still in high school, or students with heavy extra-curricular demands that require a customized learning schedule.
“It is a welcome surprise to see the College offer this opportunity for our children to greatly benefit them in this unknown future ahead of us,” said parent Michael Jackson. “I am encouraged the College is using their capacity in such a productive and cost-saving manner for us as parents.”
Tuition is $8,000 per year and applications are accepted on a first come, first served basis. Enrolment is limited to 25 students and applicants are encouraged to apply early.