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THE MISSOURIAN

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11, 2020

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Increase in Students
Earning Dual Credit
n At East Central College

There has been a spike
in the number of dual
credit students this spring
at East Central College
compared to last year.
There are 525 students
who are enrolled in dual
credit at ECC, which is
51 more than the 474 enrolled in the spring 2019
semester.
Dual credit allows high
school students to earn
both college and high
school credit simultaneously. Classes are taught
by ECC-certified high
school faculty in the high
school.
According to ECC
President Dr. Jon Bauer,
the more than 10 percent
increase is due, in part,
to the college’s initiative
to provide dual credit to
students in the free and
reduced lunch program at
no cost.
“We are excited about
the additional students
we are reaching through
this dual credit initiative,” Bauer said. “East
Central is committed to
providing
tuition-free
dual credit for students
on the free and reduced
lunch program which
began this spring.”
There are 55 students
who are taking advantage of the new ECC program that was approved
by the board of trustees
in December 2019.
“We moved quickly
with this initiative in
order to reach as many
students as possible, as
soon as possible,” Bauer
commented.
“Cost should not be
a barrier to college, and
this program ensures
that talented high school
students can participate
in dual credit regardless of income,” he said.

“The growth this spring
shows that we are on
the right path.”
The new program
aligns with ECC’s strategic plan, SOAR to
2024, which calls for the
enrollment of 660 dual
credit students by October 2024, Bauer said.
Anticipates Growth
ECC Director of Early College Programs
Megen Strubberg said
she expects even more
students in the free and
reduced lunch program
to enroll in dual credit
classes in the fall 2020
semester.
“We are anticipating
the program to grow as
the word gets out,” she
said.
In addition to the
students in the free and
reduced lunch program,
Strubberg attributes the
increase to an expanded
field of offerings to students within their high
schools.
“We are so excited to
see the dual credit program grow by enhancing our credit offerings
to students who are still
in high school,” she said.
Strubberg added that
students who participate in early college programs are more likely
to enroll full-time after
high school. Early college can shorten the
time to degree and reduce the overall cost
of higher education for
students and their families.
Feeder Schools
Dual credit students
are from high school,
referred to as feeder
schools, throughout the
ECC service area, and
beyond.
Nearly 25 percent of

the dual credit students
this spring attend St.
Francis Borgia Regional
High School, where 131
are taking ECC courses.
The next largest feeder school is Washington
High School with 64,
followed by Union High
School, 61; St. Clair
High School, 58; Cuba
High School, 42; and Vienna High School, 24.
There are 15 Owensville High School students in the program
and 14 from Rolla High
School.
In addition, 92 of the
total dual credit students are enrolled in
technical courses.
Dual credit differs
from dual enrollment.
Dual enrollment students are high school
students taking traditional classes at the
ECC campus or online
only. There are 60 additional students in dual
enrollment coursework.
The number of credits high school students
are taking through dual
credit has increased by
nearly 17 percent over
last spring. This year
students are taking
2,394 credits compared
to 2,052 in spring 2019.
For more information
about all early college
programs, contact Strubberg at 636-584-6723
or email Megen.Strubberg@eastcentral.edu.

Mercy Center Tours
Mercy offers a free
comprehensive
tour
of the Mercy Hospital
Washington maternity
unit and childbirth center. For more information and to register visit
mercy.net/WashingtonBaby.

Holiday Meals
H-J Enterprises, High Ridge, provided its annual holiday meal for employees and staff members of Empac Thursday, Dec. 19. Serving the meal were
Dave Landholt and Tim Wunderlich, both of H-J Enterprises. 	Missourian Photo.

March 15-21 is National Sunshine Week, the annual initiative
to raise awareness of the importance
of open government in the United
States.
***
With Tax Day looming, WalletHub
released its survey of states with the
highest tax rates and the ones with
the lowest rates. The states with the
lowest tax rates are: Alaska, Delaware, Montana, Nevada, Wyoming
and Florida.. States with the highest tax rates are Rhode Island, Iowa,
Ohio, Wisconsin, Nebraska and Kansas.
***
Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer of the
3rd District, which includes Franklin
and Warren counties, recently filed

for re-election. He has held the office
in the U.S. House since 2008. He is a
Republican.
***
The Missouri Senate is debating
House legislation to create a state
prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP). Missouri is the only
state in the nation without a PDMP
program.
***
The president of MU, Man Chui,
at Legislative Day at the Capitol in
Jefferson City, at an educational session told members of the General Assembly that Missouri ranks 12th in
the country in cancer deaths; 11th in
the country in cardiovascular deaths;
and 12th in the U.S. in mental distress.

Habitat Seeks Applicants for Home Lots
Habitat for Humanity of Franklin County is
seeking potential homeowner applicants for two
lots in Union.
The selection criteria is
based on need, income and
acceptable credit history.
Applicants will apply
for a USDA Direct Loan

as part of the process.
Candidates for Habitat
homes are those who
could not qualify for a conventional loan.
Families must be
willing to complete 300
hours of sweat equity on
their home.
The application can

be found online at http://
www.franklincountymohabitat.org/apply-for-ahome/.
Before submitting the
application,
applicants
should call Mary Tinsley,
executive director, at 636583-1020 and make an
appointment.

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