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Higher ed helps Moose

Posted: Friday, Sep 6th, 2013

Courier staff writer

ALAMOSA — Having a university in town is making difference for Alamosa students looking to get a jump on higher education.

This year, 110 Alamosa High School (AHS) juniors and seniors are enrolled in a concurrent course through Adams State University (ASU) or Trinidad State Junior College (TSJC), said AHS principal Glen Hodges on Tuesday night during the Alamosa Board of Education (ABOE) meeting. This fall, the students are attempting a total of 455 credit hours, a majority of which TSJC brings to the high school campus. Fourteen students commute to ASU for an average of one to two classes usually including sociology, math and English. TSJC offers sociology and psychology, and some students are enrolled in night courses like nursing.

“Sixty to 70 percent of our students are in concurrent enrollment,” Hodges said. “They are successful.”

In addition to the concurrent courses, 101 AHS students participate in dual enrollment courses shooting for a total of 501 credit hours, Hodges said.  AHS educators offer accounting, U.S. History, American government and intro to businesses courses that will, like the concurrent courses, transfer to higher education institutes.

He also presented the board with data reflecting what recent Mean Moose graduates are up to two years into post-high school life.

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