Charter status to help high school students gain college credit

Charter status to help high school students gain college credit

SOUTHSIDE, AR (KAIT) - Southside High School received its charter status.

The school will work with the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville to increase the amount of college courses offered at the high school.

Southside Superintendent Roger Rich said it will help students compete in today's workforce.

"It's going to give them a leg up when it comes down to seeing who's most employable," Rich said.

Students will also graduate high school with more than just a high school diploma.

"A student that can have an associate's degree by the time they graduate from high school or have some kind of industry level certification where they'll have an above minimum wage job," Rich said. 

Novella Humphrey, Director of Federal Programs and Curriculum, says this will help guide students into their selected majors in college. 

"5 years from graduation, 10 years from graduation, where do I see myself? Then we talk about the pathway to that future story," Humphrey said.

When the program begins in the fall, students will split their days in a traditional classroom setting and learn how to navigate in a digital classroom.

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