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Dual enrollment programs expand

Due to Mr. Michael Shumate’s background in business, marketing and IT, the Colonial Beach High School will be able to offer dual enrollment classes at the high school next year and seniors will also be able to attend college classes at Rappahannock Community College due to Power’s creative solution to transportation. 

Donna Alexander and Mr. Petie Norris from Rappahannock Community College in Warsaw were on hand at this month’s school board meeting to explain how the two programs would work. 

Norris, who will be the dean of the community initiative, explained that Shumate’s background is very extensive, “If we had someone like him on campus it would equal two people’s full load, so you’re going to get a tremendous return on your investment with him.”

Norris explained that by attending these dual enrollment classes that give students credits towards high school graduation as well as college credits at the high school, costs are minimal, costing just $5 per credit. 

“If this plan holds together there are all sorts of classes the school can offer CB students; introduction to business, principals of management, introduction to information systems, economics, personal finance, that’s all in the fall semester,” Norris said

“Then in the spring he [Shumate] will repeat the economics and personal finance, adding sports and internet marketing. These courses count towards an applied science degree,” Norris added. Shumate is scheduled to teach 15 hours in the fall and 18 in the spring. 

Dr. Power was credited with providing a plan that to Norris’s knowledge has never been tried before and that is to send seniors who have already earned enough credits to graduate to attend college classes at the Rappahannock Community College in Warsaw. 

Power said, “We are always looking for ways to provide our students with the ever changing courses that we know they are going to need to take in the very near future; in business, technology and accounting. We are always looking to raise the rigor of these courses.”

Norris said, “You already send a bus to take students to Warsaw for the governors school and tech center that you’re already paying for, so Dr. Powers’ idea is to select some promising seniors who have already gotten the credits they need to graduate and want to get a jump on college to go to the Warsaw campus.”

Norris said the college has always had a relationship with Colonial Beach for dual enrollment classes working with Kathleen Beane, but admits that the variety and offerings of dual enrollment has sort have slipped into a decline so he thinks this is a wonderful opportunity to rebuild the program. Based on Shumate’s abilities to teach within the Colonial Beach High School and the ability to transport students to and from the college, the students, parents and college will all have tremendous academic gains next year. 

Power is planning two meetings for parents to attend to familiarize them with these and other programs the school plans to offer next year. 

Other school news 

Colonial Beach Town Council approved a $75,228 amendment to the 2011-2012 fiscal year budget to bring the school system to level funding at the May 10 council meeting. 

Mike Ham told the Colonial Beach School Board at the May 9 meeting that the town would also approve half the cost of the middle school mod pod but at the May 10 meeting no resolution was presented for the $62,750. 

Superintendent Donna Power said in a phone interview Monday that the town attorney may not have had time to prepare the resolution but is confident the funding will be forthcoming soon. 

The board voted to end school for students on June 9 in light of the lack of snow days this year. Students were delighted to hear the news and teachers will finish the school year June 12 – 14 with half days. 

 

Linda Farneth

 

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