Wor-Wic to Offer Credit Courses in Worcester High Schools
January 28, 2005

Wor-Wic Community College and the Worcester County Board of Education recently entered into a new dual enrollment arrangement whereby Wor-Wic will offer statistics and English classes for high school students at Stephen Decatur, Pocomoke and Snow Hill high schools, beginning in the fall of 2005.

Until now, dual enrolled students from Worcester County traveled to a Wor-Wic classroom to take the courses, for which they receive both high school and college credit. Dual enrolled students from Wicomico and Somerset counties also attend Wor-Wic, but Worcester County is the first to take advantage of an on-site arrangement.

“We believe that offering these courses at our schools has the potential to be very beneficial to our students,” said Dr. Jon M. Andes, Worcester County superintendent of schools. “These courses will support academic development and complement our current programs.”

The curricula, syllabi and textbooks will be the same as those used for the courses held at the college. Interested students must complete the application process and enroll through Wor-Wic. In order to be eligible, high school juniors or seniors must be 16 years old or older at the start of the class, have at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average and obtain a passing score on the college’s diagnostic assessments.

Former dual enrollment students have cited benefits such as getting some of their general education courses out of the way, transferring the credits they earn to the four-year college or university of their choice and being able to devote more of their time and attention at the transfer institution to course work in their intended major.

According to Dr. Ray Hoy, president of Wor-Wic, another benefit of dual enrollment is the confidence that high school students gain after completing a college-level course. “This makes for a smoother transition to a four-year college,” he said.

Dual enrolled students pay 75 percent of Wor-Wic’s regular tuition rate. “This dollar savings is something the parents especially enjoy,” Hoy added.

More information is available from high school guidance counselors or Wor-Wic’s admissions office at (410) 334-2895.

DUAL ENROLLMENT. Wor-Wic Community College and the Worcester County Board of Education recently entered into a new dual enrollment arrangement whereby Wor-Wic will offer statistics and English classes for high school students at Stephen Decatur, Pocomoke and Snow Hill high schools. Pictured clockwise, from left to right, working out the details of the new arrangement, are Dr. Ray Hoy, president of Wor-Wic; Dr. Stephen L. Capelli, vice president for academic and student affairs at Wor-Wic; Dr. Richard T. Walker, assistant superintendent for instruction for Worcester County; Rosemary Heher, coordinator of mathematics instruction for Worcester County; and Dr. Jon M. Andes, Worcester County superintendent of schools.