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HAZARD—Juniors and seniors in the Perry County School System now have the opportunity to shave off at least a year of college credits before they have even donned their caps and gowns.

“Beginning this year, juniors and seniors at both of our schools will be able to receive up to 12 college hours through UPike,” Superintendent Jonathan Jett said.

The dual credit program, implemented this year at both Perry Central and Buckhorn high schools, allows students to take a college level English of math class in place of the usual high school class, and earn credits for both high school and college.

“It’s a good opportunity for our students, especially for the ones that have met bench marks and already know what their plans are for the future,” Jett said.

Students simply pay a $25 application fee for each semester they wish to enroll in the program, and can then sign-up for up to 12 credit hours, or four classes, each semester.

College and Career Readiness Director Kristie Collett said this was a huge opportunity for students since they won’t even have to leave the campus.

“Our students have had to travel to Hazard Community and Technical College. Now, we’re offering it in house,” she said. “They don’t have to leave the building.”

Collett explained that the high school teachers were trained to be able to teach these college-level courses at Perry Central. Students at Buckhorn will be taking the courses via online methods or telecommunicating in the classroom.

Jett said the district hopes to be able to expand the program in the coming years to include more classes and more credit hours.

Amelia Holliday can be reached at 606-436-5771, or on Twitter @HazardHerald.

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