Switzerland County High School has been honored by the Indiana Department of Education for its success in its dual credit program.
“Our efforts with regard to dual credit for our students have helped us earn a B+ school letter grade the last two years from the DOE,” high school principal Gregg Goewert said. “This May we expect to have our first graduating senior who will leave us with a full associate degree. The student will have completed two years of college while a student at Switzerland County High School.”
Principal Goewert said that, by comparison, last year at nearby Austin High School 34 students graduated high school having already earned an associate degree.
“Each of the last three years we have grown in the number of students graduating high school with the TGEC (Transfer General Education Core),” the principal said. “This year, we will have 14 or 15. In 2017 we had seven; and in 2016 we had our first two ever. Thank you to our teaching staff, students, and parents for all of their hard work and efforts.”
Currently at Switzerland County High School there are 31 classes that are considered dual credit courses, meaning that the student not only earns high school credit towards graduation; but also college credit towards a degree – an associate degree that can lead to a bachelor’s degree.
To earn the Transfer General Education Core, a student must take: Advanced English 11 and Advanced English 12; Honors Government; World Politics; United States History; PreCalculus; AP Calculus; Advanced Biology; Physics 1; and also take Fundamentals of Public Speaking, which is offered at Ivy Tech Community College. Students are transported to Ivy Tech from the high school to take this class.
Along with recognition from the Department of Education; Goewert and the school also received a letter of congratulations from State Representative Randy Frye.
In his letter, Representative Frye wrote:
Dear Principal Goewert,
It is my pleasure to take this opportunity to congratulate Switzerland County High School on its excellent Dual Credit Performance. Helping 30% of students succeed in a dual credit course is a tremendous accomplishment and absolutely worthy of recognition.
Our communities in Southeast Indiana are grateful for the outstanding academic environment your school provides to our students, and we are proud of the success they have achieved in high school and their pursuit of higher education. Students who perform well in dual credit courses have been shown to do well at the next level. Furthermore, the ability to test out of college courses after performing well in a rigorous dual credit course allows students to save money on tuition and puts them on the fast-track to graduation before even matriculating to college campuses. Thank you for your work and leadership in providing a nurturing academic environment for our students and preparing them to lead successful lives in college or the workforce.