HENDERSON, Ky. -- An opportunity for students to attend Henderson Community College as a regular student in conjunction while completing high school was announced at a press conference on Tuesday at the Sullivan Technology Center.
The program is called Early College Academy.
Superintendent Marganna Stanley of Henderson County Schools, Superintendent Dr. Rachel Yarbrough of Webster County Schools and Assistant Superintendent Steve Carter of Union County Schools joined Dr. Kris Williams, president of HCC, in making the announcement.
The pilot program will allow 20 students from each of the three school districts to take 15 credit hours of college coursework each semester. Juniors beginning the program could graduate with an associate’s degree from HCC a few weeks before graduating from high school.
Dr. Williams noted that HCC has already had a strong dual credit program with the high schools and that the new Early College Academy is a natural progression.
The student must meet the criteria of a 3.0 high school GPA and ACT benchmarks of: English, 18; Math, 22; Reading, 20.
Orientation dates have been scheduled for the ECA students at Preston Arts Center on the HCC campus:
Henderson County: 5-7 p.m. June 27.
Union County: 5-7 p.m. June 15.
Webster County: 5-7 p.m., June 22.