Vol State at Livingston and TTU team up to help high school students

Posted by Lori Shull - Thursday, February 20 2014
lshull@tntech.edu

Volunteer State Community College at Livingston and Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville have joined forces to provide Vol State dual enrollment students with additional training to help them transition from taking high school classes to the successful completion of college courses.  The program, called Edē, or Early Dual Enrollment, was piloted this fall in participating high schools, serving approximately 150 students.

Dual enrollment is a program that allows qualified high school juniors and seniors to receive both high school credit and college credit by successfully completing one college-level course.

High schools in Clay, Jackson, Overton, Pickett, and Putnam Counties start classes earlier than Vol State classes, some by as much as three weeks.  Vol State and the high schools were faced with the challenge of managing this gap in learning.   

 “These gaps in time present a wonderful opportunity to better ready students for college courses with additional training beyond the dual students’ normal dual college classes,” said Michael Powell, director of Vol State at Livingston said. “The college success strategies Edē teaches prepare students for an easier transition to college courses and will help them throughout their college careers.”

Vol State faculty and administrators developed the Edē curriculum. In addition to practice lessons, the curriculum includes practical applications such as how to navigate the college’s eLearn computer system and to master successful study and test taking techniques, prior to starting class with Vol State faculty.

Powell and Matthew Smith, dean of TTU’s College of Education, collaborated to have TTU future teachers teach the Edē curriculum. The TTU students work with dual enrollment students after receiving free personalized training from Vol State faculty.

 “The College of Education at Tennessee Tech University appreciates the opportunity to work in partnership with the Livingston Campus of Volunteer State Community College through the Edē program to provide teacher candidates with authentic classroom experiences in area high schools,” said Smith. “We remain hopeful that this initial partnership will lead to additional opportunities to work collaboratively as we strive to serve school districts and higher education students throughout the Upper Cumberland region.”

Powell added, “TTU’s College of Education is exceptional and Vol State is grateful to Dr. Smith for providing highly trained future educators to work with our dual students.”

Dual enrollment students get a head start on their college careers. Some students graduate high school with as many as 24 college credits; approximately 25 percent of a bachelor’s degree completed while in high school. Edē is especially beneficial for high school sophomores as they prepare to take fall dual classes as juniors. A dual enrollment grant, offered by the State of Tennessee for eligible students, is available to offset the cost of these college classes.

Vol State at Livingston has been offering dual enrollment classes in the Upper Cumberland for more than 20 years.

For more information about Vol State at Livingston’s dual enrollment program call (931) 823-7065 or visit the campus at One John Roberts Parkway.  To learn more about Vol State visit the website at www.volstate.edu.

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