Mesa State adds courses for high school students

Mesa State College and School District 51 will expand their academic partnership with new classes offered to high school students next semester.

Professors from Mesa State will teach free remedial math and English classes to seniors at Central High School, beginning in January.

A Mesa State professor also will teach a college-level algebra course to Central seniors for $200. The class guarantees four transferable college credit hours and a refund on the cost of the course to students who pass the class. The class normally costs $680 on the Mesa State campus.

Central High Principal Jody Frost said in a newsletter the class is meant for college-bound students who won’t be majors in math-related fields.

Western Colorado Community College added a sports and entertainment marketing program for high school juniors and seniors. The program focuses on careers managing athletes and entertainers, positions such as an athletic director, sports team manager or stadium manager.

The community college has offered technical education to high school students since its inception, including programs such as media technology and marketing.

Mesa State also offers high school students the chance to earn college credit while in high school. The Fast Track program is available for students who have completed all required course work for graduation but are still enrolled in high school.

Those students can enroll at Mesa State full or part time, and the school district may pay the tuition.

The partnership between the district and college also extends to teachers, who can pursue graduate courses for a master’s degree at Mesa State while teaching.

Some of the classes offered at the graduate level include classroom management and controversial issues in special education.


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