College credit plus: Starting off on the right foot

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The College Credit Plus (CCP) meeting was held Thursday, Oct. 25 in the auditorium and discussed how to enroll in one of the variety of dual credit classes at the school.

Mrs. Megan Renfro teaches CCP College Composition at the high school. “CCP classes give students the opportunity to experience collegiate curriculum while benefiting from the support of a high school teacher,” she said.

Taking CCP classes provides high school students the advantage of earning multiple credits per class. “CCP is a[n]…Ohio Department of Education program where students can earn high school credits and college credits at the same time,” said Mrs. Vickie Davis, the E2 counselor at CFHS.

Students taking CCP classes have found it beneficial to have a high school teacher present to guide them through the sometimes new experience of taking college classes.

“It’s better to have someone to interact with and guide us with what we need to do instead of just having a prompt and being like, ‘I don’t know what to do,'” said Junior Chloe Schneiders.

Besides earning both college and high school credits, students also have the opportunity to take classes at a college campus.

“We mostly partner with Kent State University, The University of Akron [and] Stark State College. We have adjunct professors here in our building from all three schools, and many of our students that go outside our campus for CCP go to…those three school partners of ours,”  said Mrs. Davis.

There are several different subjects of CCP classes offered at the high school and college campus. A few options are College Composition I and II, Elementary Spanish I and II, College Algebra, College Precalculus and many more.

Many CCP classes require a certain ACT score or prerequisite classes to be able to take a certain class. Specific scores on the math and English portion of the ACT are sometimes needed to take a CCP math or English. If a student is unable to take the ACT, the Accuplacer is another option. “The Accuplacer [at Stark State College] offers two entrance exams. The first is the ACT, and the second is the Accuplacer,” Mrs. Renfro said.

Another benefit from CCP classes is that students get to take college classes for free. However, if students fail or withdraw from the course, they are required to pay for the class. The price of each class is dependent on the university through which the class is taken. The cost of one semester of a CCP class can be up to $1300 per three-credit class.

“Students have had to pay for the course for a multitude of reasons, including failing, medical withdrawal or personal withdrawal,” said Mrs. Renfro.

Some CCP students thought the classes were challenging and rigorous. Others thought the classes were relatively easy and were not what they expected of a college class.

From personal experience, the classes were somewhat easy. College Composition I and II had constant assignments, but they were similar writing assignments and always had clear instructions, and we had plenty of class time to get our assignments done. Elementary Spanish I and II are the beginner level Spanish classes one would take in college, so having taken Spanish at the high school level before made the class easier; however, it was taught at a steady pace and was challenging enough to still be engaging.

College Credit Plus can be an excellent option for high school students who want to experience college level classes and receive dual-credit while still in high school.