IV High

Imperial Valley Press - - FRONT PAGE - BY FER­NANDA GON­ZA­LEZ | South­west High School Stu­dent

Part 1: IVC-SHS joint ef­fort of­fers free classes for stu­dents. Part 2: SAVAPA vis­its the Choco­late Fac­tory.

EL CEN­TRO — Im­pe­rial Val­ley Col­lege and South­west High School have come to­gether to of­fer col­lege cour­ses to high school stu­dents.

The stu­dents who take part in these classes are un­der dual en­roll­ment, which means that although they are still in high school, they have the op­por­tu­nity to re­ceive col­lege credit(s).

“The Cal­i­for­nia Com­mu­nity Col­lege’s Chan­cel­lor’s of­fice added a new pro­gram which re­quired com­mu­nity col­leges to of­fer col­lege gen­eral ed­u­ca­tion cour­ses to high schools,” said Coun­sel­ing 120 in­struc­tor Veron­ica Soto.

Soto, along with other coun­selors, es­tab­lished the Coun­sel­ing 120 course by adding all of the suc­cess­ful el­e­ments from other col­lege prep classes. Soto’s class was pre­vi­ously of­fered to only in­com­ing col­lege stu­dents.

“The goal of this class is to help stu­dents get a clear plan on how to be suc­cess­ful in col­lege,” Soto said. “I con­sider this class as a whole se­mes­ter

long coun­sel­ing ap­point­ment … this class has been suc­cess­ful since 2008.”

Each se­mes­ter of­fers a va­ri­ety of classes in sub­jects like com­mu­ni­ca­tion, coun­sel­ing, psy­chol­ogy and his­tory.

Each class can earn the stu­dents three units of col­lege credit. High school stu­dents can take up to four cour­ses in one school year.

These classes are of­fered after school, two days a week, about an hour and a half long, and last through­out the whole se­mes­ter.

“I’m tak­ing ad­van­tage of this op­por­tu­nity be­cause I’m a se­nior and go­ing to col­lege next year. So, any money and time I can save now is great,” said Nathan Gar­cia, 17.

One ben­e­fit of tak­ing col­lege classes in high school is that stu­dents au­to­mat­i­cally be­come reg­is­tered at IVC.

Tak­ing these classes is a way for stu­dents to get ahead in com­plet­ing col­lege re­quired classes, which will save them a lot of money be­cause the classes are com­pletely free, as well as the books.

“Stu­dents can save $138 by tak­ing this coun­sel­ing class it­self, plus an­other $56 on the book,” said Soto.

Desert Oa­sis of­fers these classes for their stu­dents as well.

“I was re­ally ex­cited when I heard that they were of­fer­ing these classes at DO be­cause they usu­ally ex­clude this school from most school events such as sports, clubs and other ex­tracur­ric­u­lars,” said Ger­man Gastelum, a 17-year-old ju­nior at Desert Oa­sis.

Although the idea of hav­ing to stay after school to take a higher-level class may sound a bit over­whelm­ing, many stu­dents have taken this open­ing op­por­tu­nity to get started on earn­ing their col­lege cred­its.

“I love that they give us the chance to get a head start in our gen­eral ed­u­ca­tion for col­lege, and we don’t have to pay for a sin­gle thing,” said Jen­nifer Vasquez, 16.


A sign at the en­trance of Im­pe­rial Val­ley Col­lege.

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