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Johnstown school district considers college program

January 20, 2012
By MICHAEL ANICH , The Leader Herald

JOHNSTOWN - The Greater Johnstown School District will consider whether to participate in the College in the High School Program offered by Fulton-Montgomery Community College.

Under the program, Johnstown High School students would earn college credits while at their school.

Gregory Truckenmiller, FMCC provost and vice president for academic affairs, gave a presentation on the program to the district Board of Education on Thursday.

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Gregory Truckenmiller, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Fulton-Montgomery Community College, discusses a program with the Greater Johnstown School District Board of Education on Thursday at Johnstown High School.
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"We are the post-secondary provider, particularly for Fulton and Montgomery counties," he said.

After the presentation, Superintendent Robert DeLilli said the district will "absolutely" take a look at the program to see if it's a fit for the school system.

The district currently has a similar agreement involving four to five classes with the state University of New York at Albany.

Board President Paul VanDenburgh said he will reserve comment on the feasibility of the program until later.

Truckenmiller said the Northville Central School District participated in a pilot College in the High School Program. During the 1997-98 school year, he said, 15 students were involved in the program. Teachers instructed courses and the students received college credits.

Truckenmiller said the program has "grown quite a bit."

Last fall, FMCC offered 24 courses to 10 districts, with 643 high school students using 44 different teachers to earn college credit. Courses range from English to small-business management, he said. He cited the Fonda-Fultonville Central School District's involvement in 11 15-week courses.

Truckenmiller said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher has "corralled" the 64 SUNY campuses about "keeping the credits flowing," especially for high school students.

Truckenmiller said FMCC is "very respectful" in working with high school teachers and is willing to work closely with the Johnstown school district. Truckenmiller said the program gives students a chance to work on advanced college credit work with teachers they feel comfortable with.

Truckenmiller said courses are less expensive than normal cost. He said the program is a way for high school students to show they are ready for college work. He said "the more credits they walk away with, the better."

JHS Principal Michael Beatty invited Truckenmiller to speak at the next faculty meeting Feb. 8.

Michael Anich can be reached at johnstown@leaderherald.com

 
 

 

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