Washington, IA—There are many ways high school students can earn college credit in high school (CCHS) through Kirkwood. Options range from taking one or two college level classes all the way up to completing a sequence of courses in a Career Academy.
These experiences are primarily designed for high school juniors and seniors, allowing them to experiment with different academic areas and learn their true passions before committing to one subject area in college. Regardless of the CCHS option they choose, students earn both high school and college credit, and at no cost to them. Washington County families are directly impacted each year with this tuition cost savings.
During the 2019-2020 academic year 724 students from Washington Regional partner school districts – Washington CSD, Highland CSD, Mid-Prairie CSD, Lone Tree CSD, Keota CSD and WACO CSD – earned a total of 4573.5 credit hours, which translates to a tuition cost-savings of $804,936!
There are many benefits for students earning college credit while in high school. Students are able to experience hands-on, real-world scenarios and training. In some academies students can even earn industry-recognized certifications for immediate employment opportunities. Students experience the rigor of college coursework and are better prepared for college classes after high school graduation, and are saving money along the way.