Students at Dublin high schools could soon earn credits toward graduation and college courses in the same sitting.
The Dublin Board of Education this week got a run down on collaboration between Dublin City Schools, Columbus State and other educational institutions in central Ohio.
Columbus State Community College President David Harrison said he's been working with colleges, high schools and other institutions in central Ohio for the past two years to work out a plan to increase the number of people in the area with post-secondary credentials, or "increase bachelor's degrees."
During three summits with local high schools, Harrison said, curriculum alignment to get students college ready, communication and data were the focus.
Research found many high school graduates were not college ready and many students left college in debt with no degree.
Columbus State wants to help get high school students college ready and get students in college a degree, Harrison said.
While Columbus State will work with some high schools to get students college ready, others will benefit from dual enrollment, saving students time and money, he said.
"I'm very excited," said Tracey Miller, Dublin's district director of secondary education.
"For Dublin what we would like to do is offer courses taught at our high schools by our instructors using Columbus State curriculum," Miller said.
Students who take the courses would get both credits toward graduation and college credits, Miller said.
Teachers for dual enrollment classes must have a master's degree in their content area, Miller said. Although many Dublin teachers do have master's degrees, most do not have it in their content area, he added.
Dublin does have enough teachers, however, to offer dual enrollment for English, math and Spanish.
"You'll see those in the handbooks soon," Miller said of the high school handbooks that outline courses and must receive board approval each year.
Board Member Lynn May questioned whether the college credits earned through dual enrollment would only transfer to Columbus State.
According to Harrison, the credits would transfer to state colleges and private colleges Columbus State has a preferred pathway program with including Capital University, Ohio Wesleyan and Otterbein University.
"This is another tremendous tool for our kids in getting them ready for college and beyond," Miller said.
In addition to the approval of dual enrollment courses in high school handbooks, the board of education will also be asked to approve a resolution regarding partnership into the Central Ohio Compact, which is the group of educational institutions Columbus State has brought together.
Dublin Superintendent David Axner said the board should see that resolution soon.
The compact, Harrison said, will work towards increasing the number of bachelor's degrees in central Ohio and keeping education affordable.
A few colleges and local high schools have already approved the resolution, he said.