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PHS Students Earn Credits Through Early College Experience Program

The largest number of Spanish IV students in the history of Plainville High School will be earning six college credits this year from the University of Connecticut through the Early College Experience program. The program, originally entitled the "UConn Co-op", was initiated at the high school by World Language Instructor Joanne Curley in February of 1991. At that time very few students continued on to the fourth year of Spanish study and only four students qualified that year for enrollment in the UConn Co-op program. Since that time, Plainville High School has witnessed an overwhelming increase in the number of students who progress to the fourth year of Spanish study.

"The Early College Experience offered through the University of Connecticut provides students with an extraordinary opportunity to earn college credits while still in high school," explained Curley. "Over the years, many alumni who have gone through the program have returned to PHS to explain how the program has benefited them at the college level. Some students have been able to graduate from college earlier than expected because of the six college credits earned in high school. Other students recount that as a direct result of their participation in this program and the additional college credits earned toward graduation, they experienced less stress at the college level and more time to concentrate on their chosen fields of study."

This year a record number of 37 Plainville students have enrolled in the program. Over the years, the University of Connecticut has expanded the program to additional schools across the state, renamed it, and increased access to UConn resources for enrolled students. This year 4,500 students have registered across the state for this program.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to expand their understanding of the culture, customs, literature and the Spanish language. Mrs. Curley has worked extremely hard to expand these opportunities for our students," noted Plainville High School Principal Greg Ziogas.

"This is another fine example of the work of our teachers who continuously look for ways to provide academic challenges for students. I am pleased with our studentsí success in this area," said Superintendent of Schools Kathleen Binkowski.

-Posted on December 5, 2007 at 10:52 AM

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