When students at Fulton’s G. Ray Bodley High School begin developing their schedules for next year, they will have a chance to extend their education to the post-secondary level with a number of college credit-bearing courses.
Dual enrollment opportunities are available at GRB thanks to articulation agreements with Cayuga Community College, Onondaga Community College, SUNY Oswego, SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry, and Rochester Institute of Technology.
These partnerships allow students to participate in college-level courses while earning credit and promoting critical thinking.
“We offer so many opportunities for the kids to get a jumpstart on their college education,” said GRB Principal Donna Parkhurst. “There is a cost associated with some of the credit-bearing courses, but it is so minimal ($175) compared to taking the class while enrolled in college. We try to emphasize with the parents that it’s just so much cheaper to take the classes here than at college.”
According to Parkhurst, one of the more popular offerings is the Cayuga Advantage program.
The initiative is free to participants and is comprised of sophisticated, intensive college coursework.
“These courses are more challenging and academically rigorous than high school courses and require greater independence of thought and action,” Parkhurst said.
While some of the courses fall under the basic general education category such as English, psychology and health, other dual enrollment offerings can net students credit in areas like business, public justice, engineering, economics, accounting and foreign language.
The broad range of courses gives GRB students an advantage as they pursue a post-secondary degree, Parkhurst said.
“The kids can take the courses here and then walk into college, as freshmen, with credit already,” Parkhurst said. “Even if they don’t take the dual enrollment courses, there are other upper-level Advanced Placement classes that we offer. There are quite a few options for our students.”