Cayuga CC to offer college prep course in several high schools this year

Cayuga Community College will offer Cayuga 101 Foundations for College Success through partnerships with area school districts that participate in the college concurrent enrollment program, Cayuga Advantage.

This fall, four school districts — Cato-Meridian, Sandy Creek, Sodus and Southern Cayuga — will offer the course to their high school students.

The course will help students achieve success in college and in life by learning about and applying the eight On Course principles: personal responsibility, self-motivation, self-management, interdependence, self-awareness, lifelong learning, emotional intelligence and belief in themselves.

Students can earn college credit for successful completion of the 3-credit course.

“Given the number of students who come to Cayuga underprepared for college-level work and expectations, we thought this was an appropriate offering to deliver through our concurrent enrollment program at the high schools,” said Vice President of Student Affairs Jeffrey Rosenthal. “We believe it will help students transition more easily to college.”

Students who enroll in the course will create a portfolio, try out web-based learning, complete journal assignments, learn about college expectations, and master effective study skills, among other key lessons.

As is true of all Cayuga Advantage courses, high school teachers deliver the course material to their students after participating in a college-led training.

To teach this particular course, the instructor must successfully complete On Course I training, which has been offered multiple times at Cayuga and will again be offered this August.

“The course will serve all students well, as the content is designed to support students in their transition to college level work by focusing on the affective skills that are critical for student success in college, career, and life,” said Nicole Adsitt, Cayuga’s developmental studies coordinator and the 2012 On Course Ambassador of the Year. “For those looking to get a jump on college, this will help them to become even more prepared. It will also be very beneficial for students who are considering college but who may not have taken other Advantage courses yet.”

A total of 11 districts have completed or have signed up to complete Cayuga’s On Course training and will be invited to offer a section of the Foundations for College Success course at their high schools in the coming year.

“I am happy that we are offering this opportunity in the high schools, as college success courses in dual enrollment programs are gaining a great deal of momentum nationally as part of a larger effort to increase college readiness,” Adsitt said. “I believe we are in a great position to help support students in their transition to college through this initiative.”