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LSUA and Avoyelles Parish School Board Announce Dual-Enrollment Partnership

by Sarah Black | May 16, 2014
LSUA and the Avoyelles Parish School Board are making it easy for high school juniors and seniors to earn college credit.

LSU of Alexandria and the Avoyelles Parish School Board are pleased to announce a dual-enrollment partnership that establishes the Early College Academy for Avoyelles Parish Students (eCAAPS). 

Beginning in Fall 2014, the Avoyelles Parish School District will bus eligible high school juniors and seniors from Avoyelles High School, Bunkie High School, Marksville High School and Louisiana School for Agricultural Science (LaSAS) to the LSUA campus to participate in college courses for credit. 

Avoyelles Parish School Board Superintendent Dwayne Lemoine says he hopes that students and parents understand the opportunity that dual-enrollment provides and that all tuition, books and transportation costs will be provided by the district at no charge to the students. 

“This is a monumental day for the students of Avoyelles Parish Schools. This dual-enrollment agreement between the Avoyelles Parish School Board and Louisiana State University at Alexandria removes obstacles that may have prevented some of our students from ever realizing the dream of getting a college degree, says Avoyelles Parish School Superintendent Dwayne Lemoine. 

Participating students will be able to simultaneously earn a high school diploma and up to 30 hours of transferable college credit that can also be applied toward finishing their degree at LSUA. 

The students will be bused to the LSUA campus at 8:00am and return to their respective high school at approximately 11:00am. Participants will remain registered in, and continue to participate in, their zoned school’s activities. 

By combining high school and college in a rigorous, supportive atmosphere, students will be able to graduate with college credit and be better prepared for postsecondary success.

“When high school students have an opportunity to take classes on campus, they draw on the University’s environment. This enables high school students to experience real college coursework and build their identity as college goers,” says Assistant Vice-Chancellor of Enrollment Heather Poole.

According to LSUA Chancellor Dan Howard, “This is an absolute win for the students, LSUA, Avoyelles Parish schools and our region.  LSUA and Avoyelles Parish schools look forward to other positive collaborative initiatives in the future and LSUA will seek to replicate this model with other parishes in this region of Louisiana.  Clearly, this is an excellent way to serve the best educational and economic interests of Louisiana.” 

An informational meeting regarding eCAAPS is scheduled for Tuesday, May 20 at 6:00pm in the Marksville High School Auditorium.  

 

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