TCC leads state in high school access to college credit

Pictured are, from left, Dr. Glen D. Johnson, Chancellor, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education; Dr. Tom McKeon, President, Tulsa Community College; Phil Dessauer, Community Service Council; Dr. Peggy Dyer, Provost, Tulsa Community College; Mary Philpott,  Dean of Workforce Development, Tulsa Community College; and the Honorable Dave Lopez, Secretary of Commerce and Tourism.

High school students will be able to take a three-hour credit class for under $13 per class this fall under a partnership recently recognized. The Tulsa Community College and P-20 Council have received a grant to continue their work in ensuring more Oklahomans have access to higher education through a pilot program--EXCELerate. EXCELerate enables Tulsa Public Schools and Union Public Schools juniors and seniors, and limited sophomores, the opportunity to earn college credits on their high school campuses. The cost to students for a three-credit hour class is $12.75.

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education’s Economic Development Grant for Partnership Recognition Program is providing $500 matching grants to TCC to fund a professional development session that will bring college faculty and high school faculty together to discuss teaching college curriculum in a high school setting.

Hundreds of students have already experienced EXCELerate, and they are appreciative of the program. Here is what Tulsa Public Schools and Union Public Schools students are saying:

“College classes are much more challenging, but they are fun as well. I’m happy all around,” said Maira Valencia, of East Central High School.

“It’s good because you get the college experience early and get some credits knocked out in high school,” said James Davis, of McClain High School.

“Just $12.75 for a college course—who wouldn’t want to do this,” said Biola Jaj, of Union Public Schools.