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K-State Today

October 9, 2012

Extra credit: Concurrent course In English gives high school students an edge

Submitted by Communications and Marketing

This fall, the Kansas State University Division of Continuing Education is partnering with the university's English department to offer a concurrent course in English, giving high school students the chance to earn college credit.

The course is freshman composition, ENGL 100. It is taught by Tim Higley, Manhattan High School faculty member, in collaboration with the university's English department. To earn college credit, high school students must successfully complete all university requirements for the course.

"Students can get essential college courses out of the way while still in high school in order to focus on their higher academic goals once they're in college," Higley said.

The course provides students with a solid background to begin college. Manhattan High School students benefit from the college-level content taught in this course without leaving the high school campus.

"Both semesters of K-State's freshman composition course engage expository writing in a variety of general academic and professional contexts," Higley said. "The issues of personal identity and community are a primary thematic focus."

"The department of English is eager to provide this opportunity to students at Manhattan High School," said Karin Westman, department head of English. "After much planning, it's great to have the concurrent course offered this fall."

K-State has been offering concurrent courses at Manhattan High School since 2004 and at Riley County High School since 2007. Manhattan High School offers several other concurrent classes through the university, such as introductory computer classes, College Algebra and Music Theory.

"These courses help students prepare for their college or university careers and transition from secondary school to postsecondary life," Higley said.

Learn more about courses offered through the Division of Continuing Education at http://www.dce.k-state.edu.

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