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Sara Erbe by Alex Tam, Canby Herald

This year Sara Erbe earned her associates degree at the same time she received her high school diploma in spite of a full and challenging schedule throughout high school including sports activities. She was in class anyway, why not get three credit hours for many of her general education classes to get a head start on going to college? From her freshman year, Sara worked with her high school and college counselors to make the most of the Advanced College Credit program. As a high school senior when she had early dismissal, Sara filled the gaps in her schedule with credited college classes. She had the time and used it wisely and economically and it all paid off.

Articulated classes require a commitment from teachers and administrators at both the secondary and post-secondary levels to ensure the rigor of the program. High school and community college instructors meet annually to ensure that curriculum is aligned. In many cases students at the high school level spend more time in the classroom than their counterparts at the college level, but with effort, both course levels offer the same outcome of college credit.

Clackamas Community College’s Advanced College Credit program was recently approved by the Oregon Department of Community College and Workforce Development. It’s easy to see why. Last year Clackamas Community College awarded college credit for 178 high school courses that articulate to 296 college courses. 2545 high school students throughout Clackamas County took advantage of Advanced College Credit program earning 22,175 credits at a savings of $1.5 million in tuition.

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Posted on February 1, 2012.