Online college courses for high school

MOUNT LAUREL — Rowan College in Burlington County will offer two new programs for high school students in the fall.

High school students across New Jersey will be able to take a variety of discounted online courses as part of the college’s new College Head Start in High School, or CH2, initiative aimed at reducing the time and cost it takes to reach a graduating college.

In a second initiative of the Head Start program, the college is partnering with County Technical High School to offer its students a different route to an engineering degree.


The college’s board of trustees approved the separate initiatives on Tuesday. The program also incorporates the existing College Acceleration Program (CAP) in which high school students earn college credits through high school education and traditional dual enrollment, allowing them to receive approval to take college courses in outside of their regular school day.

“The College Head Start in High Schools is a wonderful addition to our connection with Rowan University which is one of the nation’s premier continuous pathways from high school through associate’s and bachelor’s degrees,” said the president. from RCBC, Paul Drayton.

“Research shows that giving high school students a head start toward graduation increases their grades and their chances of going to college and, more importantly, graduating. For motivated students, the matter is simple “Why wait? Earn college credit now.”

Administrators have granted a 25% tuition discount to high school students taking one or more of the five identified courses and is applicable to degrees from RCBC, Rowan University or other colleges.

That means a cost of $75 per credit instead of $100, RCBC spokesman Gregory Volpe said.

“These are true college courses led by RCBC faculty that provide high school students with the opportunity to earn college credit without missing regular classes or extracurricular activities,” Drayton said.

“As a bonus, they will pay less than the regular RCBC tuition rate when RCBC is already the most affordable college in New Jersey. This is an incredible head start towards their degree at RCBC, Rowan University or pretty much any other institution.”

Courses available in the 2016-17 academic year include:
• Business (personal finance and money management, small business management).
• Cinema (American cinema).
• Criminal Justice
• Historical foundations of American education
• Politics (US government and politics, state and local government, and comparative government and politics).
• Psychology (Introduction to psychology).
• Theater (Introduction to Theatre).

The partnership with the Burlington County Institute of Technology for the new Academy of Electronic and Computer Engineering Technology is awaiting approval from the high school board, which is expected to review the measure later this month.

Once approved, eligible students can enter the Special Academy and earn more than 30 credits, putting them more than halfway through an associate’s degree in electronics engineering technology. These courses will be offered on the BCIT campus in Medford and will allow students to complete high school while starting their college education at a much lower cost than a four-year college.

RCBC is one of approximately 100 community colleges nationwide accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). Rowan University’s mechanical engineering program was ranked in the top 10 in the 2015 U.S. News & World report for ABET-accredited programs whose highest engineering degree offered is a bachelor’s or master’s degree.

Students in this program can graduate from RCBC one year after graduating from high school.

“This is a great opportunity for our students to get one step closer to a college degree and a career in technology without having to go into debt,” said BCIT’s new Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Christopher Nagy. “We are proud to offer this innovative concept to our students who will get a head start on their post-secondary degree through classroom instruction and hands-on lab experience.


Burlington County Freeholder Director Bruce Garganio called the new college pathways a perfect example of how county agencies should work together and share services.

“It’s a home run for the students,” Garganio said. “When two outstanding institutions come together, our students and their families win, and we all benefit from a stronger county and regional economy with a well-educated and better-trained workforce.”

High school students interested in the online discount can contact RCBC’s Outreach and Admissions Office (formerly Enrollment Services) at (856) 222-3911, ext. 1199, or [email protected]

BCIT students interested in the Academy of Technology can contact BCIT Admissions Director Erin Conti at (609) 267-4226, ext. 8245, or [email protected]

Carol Comegno (856) 486-2473: or [email protected]

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