By Rhonda Smyth, CV&T News Editor
College classes will be offered at Estill High beginning in January.
Estill High has had students involved in Eastern Kentucky University’s “Jump Start” program for several years. This year that program became “EKU Now” and 39 Estill students are currently participating.
“We made phone calls and sent e-mails until we got them to agree to hold classes here,” Principal Blain Click explained.
The first class to be offered will be English 102 to students who have completed English 101.There are 14 Estill High students who took English 101 in the fall. It isn’t just for high school students in the “EKU Now” program. People in the community will also be able to attend. Students who want to take this class, the CRN number for registration is 26036.
The class will be held on Wednesday and is free to high school students participating in “EKU Now.” All others will be charged at EKU’s current rate schedule. High school students, as well as community members, will benefit in not having to travel to Richmond.
“Our first priority is to serve Estill County, but the class will also be open to those in Lee, Powell, Owsley and Wolfe counties too,” Click said.
Click and guidance counselor Melissa Neal explained that they want students’ senior year to be a transition year whether they plan to get a job, go to college or vocational school.
“We have a lot of students in the co-op program and attending vocational school or college for dual credit,” Click said.
There are currently an average of 60 seniors involved in the co-op program where they have jobs with businesses in the community.
Neal explained that Estill has one of the highest percentages of students taking classes at EKU in the university’s service area.
“Students are involved in so many things like cheerleading, athletics and band that they don’t have a lot of time to drive to Richmond for night classes,” Neal said. “We are hoping that this class opens the doors of opportunity for many students – our high school students as well as those in our community.”
Click said having the class at the high school will be safer for female students –
“They will be safer by not having to walk across campus at night,” he said.
Estill High students are eligible for EKU Now if they are currently a junior or senior, have a 3.0 GPA and have ACT scores on file with EKU by the deadline date with minimum scores of 18 in English, 19 in math, 20 in reading and a composite score of 21.
These students can take one free three-hour class in each semester of their junior and senior years. BONUS: Seniors with a 24 ACT or higher can take an EXTRA class for FREE each semester. Seniors with an ACT of 21-23 can take the EXTRA class each semester at ½ price!
“However, unfortunately, the deadline has already passed for anyone to apply for the spring semester. Parents and students should keep this in mind for next year (this year’s sophomores and juniors need to keep this in mind as they plan for next year),” Neal said.
EKU Now participants who complete nine college hours prior to graduating high school and who
have no EKU grade lower than a C, have not repeated any EKU course, have an EKU GPA of 3.0, have a final ECHS GPA of 3.0, have an ACT composite score of 23 by graduation will be automatically awarded the EKU Presidential Scholarship. This scholarship provides half tuition and is renewable for up to eight semesters, according to Neal.
“This is the icing on the cake,” she exclaimed.
Anyone who would like more information about college classes at the high school may e-mail Neal at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 723-3537.