ALPENA - Alpena Public Schools recently was awarded a grant for its Career and Technical Education program to help high school students earn college credits for high school courses. APS Board of Education recently acknowledged the appointment of Max Lindsay to be the CTE college contact for the grant, and he will be working with a few other support staff to try and coordinate articulation programs in the region.
"There are six funded programs in the state," Lindsay said. "The grant comes from money set aside by (Gov. Rick Snyder), about $1 million, to work with high schools and colleges to try and equate high school courses for college credits."
One of the goals behind the grant is to encourage CTE students to seek a college degree after high school, and with the program involving students in Cheboygan, Gaylord, Alcona, Alpena and Johannesburg-Lewiston, Lindsay thinks many CTE students will look into the courses.
"It's something that I think will be a win-win for everybody," Lindsay said. "The coursework is parallel course work. It's equating the coursework from the CTE programs to a similar course in college. We want to get students moving to the college."
Lindsay hopes with this extra incentive, students will take the opportunity to transfer their earned credits and continue with their education.
"We plan on publicizing the agreements with the different colleges to inform students how their coursework transfers as articulative credit, and what course they will get credit for when they transfer," Lindsay said. "We hope to deal with (Lake Superior State), Ferris State, Northern (Michigan), Kirtland (Community College) and Alpena Community College."
There have been some articulation agreements with a few of the colleges in the past, but most of the programs have fizzled out, Lindsay said.
The original grant was for $83,046, but after Joyce McCoy, CTE director of secondary instruction, found out the state indicated more money was available for the grant, she amended the proposal twice since the original amount was indicated, and received nearly double the original grant, receiving $148,664 for furthering articulation.
"There are no APS dollars involved. Everything within the grant scope will only be using grant dollars," Lindsay said. "APS is providing us some office space, but everything is grant funded."
The time frame associated with the articulation grant is one year, October 2013 to October 2014, and is a one time grant as of now.
"We hope to have college agreements in place by May so they can be publicized," Lindsay said. "We'll take the summer to organize what we have to offer and hopefully get students on board in the fall."
Lindsay said any student who is a current CTE student thinking about college should check with their instructor to see what programs are already available.
"Check what's available for articulated credits to transfer, because some are available," Lindsay said. "We hope there will be a lot more of them when our project is complete."
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