More District Students Taking Advantage of Post-Graduation Level Opportunities

More District Students Taking Advantage of Post-Graduation Level Opportunities
Posted on 02/20/2019

Robertson County Schools has incorporated a number of innovative education initiatives for high school juniors and seniors, with the specific goal of providing RCS students with the ability to access college and career courses prior to graduation.

District high schools have worked collaboratively with Vol State Community College for many years to provide one facet of early college course access.  Participation in this program has continued to grow as more and more students have recognized the advantages of beginning college-level study while still in high school.   Through this program, students are provided access to college-level instruction in subjects ranging from math and English to medical, music, and economics. Fifteen students are currently taking advantage of these opportunities.  

To meet the states goal for student to be a Tennessee Ready graduate, Robertson County is continuing to expand early post-secondary opportunities, and to that end, is working with Austin Peay State University.  Thirty-three students are currently engaged in this new collaborative program, which allows juniors and seniors to simultaneously earn high school and college credits while still in high school.  The district’s goal for students in this program is for them to be awarded both a high school diploma and an associate’s degree upon their high school graduation.  Six students, from three RCS high schools, will graduate with this achievement this spring.

Career training availability is an additionally important part of post-secondary consideration for many students and is a reality for 30, who are currently enrolled in a dual enrollment program through the Tennessee College of Applied Technology.  That number is up from 11 who participated in the same program last year.  While continuing to receive their high school instruction, these students are also being taught the trade of their choice through TCAT.  With opportunities like welding, cosmetology, machining, mechatronics, HVAC, and others, these students can look forward to joining the skilled workforce within a year after high school graduation at the latest, and with little or no educational debt. 

Growing industrial certification requirements have created a training need for students desiring positions in their industry of choice. With that in mind, certifications are now being offered in:

 

            Microsoft Office Specialist – Business

            ServSafe Manager – Culinary Arts

            Snap-On Measurement – Automotive

            Osha 10 – Construction

            Certified Nursing Assistant – Health Science

            Autodeck Inventor – Engineering

            EKG Tehnician – Health Science

           

A final avenue of college credit is offered through a partnership with the University of Tennessee at Martin.  Students desiring a degree in an agriculturally related field can take online courses from UTM and receive credits that are transferrable to any college after high school graduation.  A total of 7 students from Jo Byrns, East Robertson, and Springfield High Schools are currently taking advantage of AGBE and Animal Science courses through UTM. 

Each of these district-wide pre-graduation partnership programs offers specific education and training experiences to help graduates speed up their post-secondary experience, and to reduce their college or technical training requirements and costs.  RCS is proud of the multitude of opportunities currently available, and will continue to provide additional offerings through relevant partnerships that will enhance the college and career choices of our graduates. 

 

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