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Brewton-Parker to offer ACCEL classes on Toombs Co. High campus
MOUNT VERNON— Brewton-Parker College’s Mount Vernon campus will begin registering Toombs County High School students for fall 2007 ACCEL classes in January, said Bryan Sage, director of admissions at the college.
These classes will be held on the high school’s campus and will be taught by BPC faculty – a first for both the high school and the college.
“We have always offered classes to TCHS,” Sage explained. “Students have had to commute to our campus to take courses with us. This new opportunity is for BPC professors to be on TCHS’ campus in the fall 2007.”
"We have always offered classes to TCHS. Students have had to commute to our campus to take courses with us. This new opportunity is for BPC professors to be on TCHS' campus in the fall 2007."
--Bryan Sage, BPC's Director of Admissions
ACCEL allows juniors and seniors who meet the SAT and ACT requirements to be dual-enrolled in college-level courses while still in high school. Upon successful completion of the course, the student will receive both high school and college credit for the class.
Brewton-Parker College Provost, Dr. Ron Melton, is excited about the opportunity to initiate an ACCEL program on the Toombs County High School campus.
“The ACCEL program provides a unique opportunity for high school students to obtain college credit while completing high school graduation requirements,” Dr. Melton said. “From the perspective of the college, it is a wonderful opportunity to make our resources available to our friends at Toombs County High School.”
Five of Brewton-Parker’s six external sites currently enroll ACCEL students from their respective area’s high schools and Christian academies. Toombs County High School will host an ACCEL Informational Meeting for all interested students and their parents Monday, January 8 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. BPC admissions staff will be on hand to answer questions and present information about the program.
“As long as the student interest is there in January when the students register for classes, then we will begin scheduling the classes and finding faculty to teach them,” Sage said. “We wanted to plan ahead as early as we can to make sure we can offer everything the students of TCHS are looking for.”
Brewton-Parker College will offer ACCEL classes in English 101 and 102 and Mathematics 101 and 102. Sage knows that this program will help these students get a “jump start” on college, and adds it’s also a way for high school students to get a taste of college life.
“This is also a great way for students to get involved with their local college and see just how great our campus and faculty are,” he said. “Most students don’t see this until they enroll after their high school graduation. They get a good feeling about how classes are taught in college compared to high school (through this program.)”
Funded by the Georgia Finance Committee, which also funds scholarships such as HOPE, the ACCEL program requires juniors and seniors to be of good academic standing and have a minimum SAT score of 970 or a minimum ACT score of 21. ACCEL students receive up to $3,000 per year, $1,500 per semester, or $125 per credit hour from the state toward paying for college-level courses, and the program will pay up to 12 hours of college-level credit per semester. Brewton-Parker offers an ACCEL Grant to cover the remaining costs of the program, and the only charge to the student is a one-time $25 application fee and the cost of their selected course’s books.
To learn more about the program, contact admissions counselor Carrie Myles at 912-583-3251, or look BPC up online at www.bpc.edu/admissions/pso.htm.