On their way to college

At-risk high-school students are on a course for higher education, thanks to a collaborative effort that lets students earn college credit while still in high school — saving precious time and dollars.

The number of enrollments in dual-credit courses increased 56.8 percent at four participating schools in the St. Paul district and two area charter schools, said Joe Nathan, director of the Center for School Change.

All participating schools serve primarily students of color and modest means — those facing the steepest hurdles on their way to college, the Pioneer Press’ Mila Koumpilova reported this week.

“The goal is to have more youngsters not only entering but graduating from some form of higher education. That would be good for them, their families and the east metro area,” Nathan told us, citing contributions from four local grantmakers — the Otto Bremer Foundation, the Frey Foundation of Minnesota, the St. Paul Foundation and the Travelers Foundation — for making the collaborative project possible.

A total of about $220,000 is helping high-school teachers gain skills they need to teach college-level courses, skills that will sustain the program after the foundations’ work is done.

Koumpilova quoted junior Eamy Diaz, who put her goals this way: “Become a straight-A student and head to college.” Knowing they have families, faculty and foundations behind them should help.

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