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Eagle Valley High School students can get college credit in technical, career-oriented courses

Cindy Ramunno
Vail Daily/ Melinda KruseEagle Valley High School students will be given more educational opportunities next year with career education classes added in conjunction with Colorado Mountain College.

During the last school year, Eagle Valley High School staff started dual enrollment classes that allowed students to earn college and high school credit at the same time.

Many of last year’s graduates who took part in the program entered college as sophomores.

The program will be expanded next fall. Students will be able to take career and technical classes, receiving credit at their high schools and Colorado Mountain College. The new program will be a joint venture with the regional community college.

Automotive and culinary classes will be added for the 2004-2005 school and more courses will be added each year based on student interest, district officials say.

Other programs being considered for the future include medical prep, hospitality management, paramedic training, fire science, early childhood education, construction trades, computer technology and aviation. With the exception of the culinary and automotive courses, all the classes will take place at Colorado Mountain College.

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The new programs, which are for juniors and seniors, will be like the current dual enrollment program in that students will be earning college and high school credit concurrently.

County schools Superintendent John Brendza says that Eagle Valley High School needs these programs to meet the growing interests of kids. “We are in the process of redefining career education in the valley,” says Brendza.

Eagle Valley High School is hosting a meeting for parents regarding dual enrollment and dual credit at 7 p.m., March 4, at the school. For more information regarding these or other programs at Eagle Valley High School, call 328-8960.

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