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CACC to offer dual enrollment scholarships

Published 7:07pm Thursday, June 5, 2014

Benjamin Russell High School and Central Alabama Community College are teaming up to offer students a unique opportunity to get a jump on their technical education.

Beginning with the 2014-2015 school year, full scholarships will be available to a minimum of 30 BRHS students for dual enrollment technical education courses at CACC.

Courses will be available in the computer science, industrial electronic technology, manufacturing technology (robotics), office administration, and welding technology programs.

Enrollment is of no cost to students or parents, and juniors and seniors who have a minimum of a 2.5 grade point average are automatically eligible for the scholarships.

“There have been scholarship opportunities in the past at CACC for both career tech and regular academic courses, but they are very limited with some limited to only those who qualify as far as needing financial assistance,” said Alexander City Schools Superintendent Darrell Cooper. “But these opportunities will be for any and all students. You do not have to qualify in that way for these scholarships.”

In addition to the career technical course offerings, as long as students are taking career technical courses, scholarship funds are also available for academic dual enrollment courses such as English and mathematics, Cooper said in a release to BRHS parents and students.

Cooper added that many of the courses offer hands-on experience in potential career fields for students, as well as a chance to get an early start at a degree.

“It’s something that the State Department of Education is pushing and the Legislature is pushing, to offer students career tech opportunities to students in high school so they can begin to earn credentials for work,” Cooper said. “These opportunities allow that, and also if the student wants to pursue a two-year degree they’re going to finish that much quicker by completing some of these courses in high school.”

Cooper said some of the courses would apply to four-year degrees in fields such as engineering.

“For example, some of these courses would be good for those who are interested in going into engineering,” Cooper said. “It’s just a great opportunity for our kids to take advantage of this. These are also great scholarship opportunities at CACC. We want to partner with CACC any and every way we can. I strongly urge students to consider this opportunity.”

Any student interested in applying for a scholarship, have questions, or seeking more information can contact Brett Pritchard at CACC by phone at 256-215-4254 or by email at bpritchard@cacc.edu.

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