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Program Allows High School Students to Earn College Credit

By: Sherry Squires   Published 12:44 pm / March 3, 2010

A record number of high school students in southwest Idaho are reducing the cost of their college education by participating in Boise State’s concurrent enrollment program. College-level courses are offered at 31 area high schools, and students earn both high school and college credits for their efforts.

Students can enroll at their high schools this spring for fall 2010 courses. New selections include Introduction to Engineering, Discrete Mathematics, Introduction to Environmental Studies, Spanish and Latin. There were also additional classes offered in Chemistry, Physics, Math, Japanese and English. Students and parents can check what offerings exist at their school by browsing the concurrent enrollment program’s Web site at http://www.boisestate.edu/concurrentenrollment.

Boise State concurrent enrollment continues to focus on rigorous general education core classes that students can apply toward any degree at any college or university.

During the past three years, Boise State has more than doubled its concurrent credit enrollments. This year more than 1,500 high school students are expected to earn approximately 7,000 college credits. Because concurrent enrollment students pay only $65 per credit, they will realize a savings of at least $1.3 million in tuition and fee costs this year.

“Students are definitely catching on and the program is rapidly growing,” said Fabiola Juarez-Coca, concurrent enrollment director. “They understand this is an opportunity they’ll only have while in high school.”

The university also is increasing outreach to rural school districts. Current partners include Emmett, Homedale, Payette, Wilder, Weiser and New Plymouth. The Parma and Council school districts are the latest to express interest in participating.

The university awarded $22,000 in need-based student scholarships this year and a scholarship was established to help teachers pursue the master’s degrees needed to instruct concurrent enrollment classes.

In fall 2009, Boise State’s concurrent enrollment program received accreditation from the National Alliance for Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP), making Boise State the only public institution in Idaho to receive NACEP accreditation.

For more information about concurrent enrollment, visit http://www.boisestate.edu/concurrentenrollment, call 426-2281 or e-mail fjuarez@boisestate.edu.