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Woodford Academy at Georgetown College set to begin fall 2014

By ALLIE ENGLERT
Back Page Editor

crest_line_LLB_stack_colorAfter months of preparation, Georgetown College recently agreed to a partnership with Woodford County High School that will allow Advanced Placement students at WCHS the opportunity to have a head start in college. According to a statement released by the Georgetown College News Bureau, the Woodford County Academy at Georgetown College, as it will be called, begins in the fall of 2014.

A pilot group of 15 students will begin the program. Students who wish to enroll in the program will have to meet the proper prerequisites before being admitted to courses on Georgetown’s campus.
Once admitted, students “will be given the opportunity to enroll in college 200-level (sophomore) liberal arts as well as science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) courses at Georgetown,” as released by the GC News Bureau.

By 2015, up to 40 Woodford County students will have access to the Academy. Students will have the opportunity to take 18 hours per year or nine hours per semester. Woodford County students will take these courses on campus, granting them a genuine experience of life at Georgetown.

Dr. Rosemary Allen, Georgetown’s provost expressed excitement about the new partnership to the Georgetown College News Bureau. In a press release she said, “This innovative agreement with Woodford County Schools makes it possible for extraordinary students to rise to the challenge of college classes while they’re still completing their high school education.

“Unlike most traditional dual enrollment opportunities, the Academy brings students to campus to integrate fully with college students in higher-level courses. This participation in a college’s intellectual community will give these students an invaluable opportunity to grow their academic qualifications and competitiveness.”

Woodford County students will be transported along with Versailles to Georgetown accompanied by a WCHS staff member who will accompany them to campus each day “to provide support and advise them as necessary.”

Although Woodford students will register for classes like traditional Tigers, Georgetown students will still have first priority when enrolling in classes. Only a limited amount of Woodford students will be admitted so that “traditional Georgetown students can access classes of their choice.”
Currently, the partnership agreement will continue through July 2018.