The diverse range of Clatsop Community College programs that serve high school juniors and seniors has resulted in a significant increase in the number of college credits earned by these students during the past academic year.
Programs include opportunities to dual-enroll and study on the CCC campus, and to take college-level workforce training and academic instruction in high school facilities. 542 students from all six Clatsop County high schools, and Clatskanie, Ilwaco, Rainer and Tillamook participated last year and earned 4,234 credits, an average of 7.8 college credits per student and an increase of approximately 60% in total credits earned.
The increase in college credits earned by high school students can be attributed to Oregon’s goal that high school students graduate with at least nine credits, and to Clatsop Community College’s new Coastal Commitment program that significantly expanded dual credit opportunities by pairing high school teachers with CCC faculty members. The partnership ensures that college-level academic standards are applied to instruction and student assessment.
Dr. Donna Larson, CCC Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs says, “We have a great working relationship with all of our high school partners and we are happy to provide this opportunity. I would like to personally thank the superintendents, high school principals, high school teachers, and college faculty who made this collaborative effort successful. Hopefully, students who earn college credits in high school will pursue a college certificate or degree after graduation. This will help our community and State build a more competitive economy.”