Expanded opportunities for NBHS students to obtain college credits
By LISA BACKUS
NEW BRITAIN — Board of Education voted unanimously Monday to enter into an agreement with Central Connecticut State University to expand opportunities for local students to take college level classes.
“What’s in front of us is much broader,” than the current program which allows New Britain High School students to take college level teacher preparation classes, Board president Sharon Beloin-Saavedra said.
The agreement approved Monday will allow students who have completed the required prerequisites to take up to two classes per semester at the university on a variety of topics.
For instance, board member Merrill Gay noted, a student who has already passed an Advanced Placement science class could now potentially take Astronomy at the university and get college credit.
The move would allow NBHS students to be ahead of the game when they enter college, Superintendent of Schools Kelt Cooper said.
“There would be a considerable savings and they could get a year of college knocked out and they are still in high school,” he said.
The agreement between the district and the university stipulates that college-level classes would only be available to NBHS students if there were space open. Local students would have to pay all tuition and fees but could seek a waiver of the costs from CCSU President Jack Miller.
The school district has been working with the college for the past few years to recruit and grow NBHS students who would be interested in teaching in New Britain, Saavedra said. “We were wondering why more New Britain kids weren’t entering CCSU and the teacher education program,” she said. “This is really a great opportunity.”
Two years ago 17 students participated in the teacher preparation classes and 10 participated last year, however the tuition waiver for the program was rescinded which prompted New Britain officials to seek an alternative plan to allow students to continue.
The tuition waivers for the new program under the agreement would be given at Miller’s discretion, Cooper said. NBHS students also may be able to use the college level classes toward fulfilling their high school graduation requirements.
“This is an enhancement of what we are already doing,” Cooper said.
After a few minutes of discussion Monday, seven board members voted unanimously to approve the agreement with the university. Three Board members did not attend the meeting due to vacations or family commitments, Beloin Saavedra said.