Fennville interested to see 'Grade 13'

Walt Kaechele, Senior Correspondent

A new program being developed for next year hopes to give students in Fennville—and throughout the county—more college credit opportunities.

Fennville superintendent Dirk Weeldreyer told school board members Monday, Dec. 15, that the Allegan Area Educational Service Agency was developing a  program that would help high school graduates earn an associate degree.

Weeldreyer explained the new Grade 13 Early College program “will integrate high school courses with college level courses for those students who might not yet be ready for a full college atmosphere or who may not have developed all of the skills necessary to succeed at that level.

“The goal then is to build on their success and to get them motivated to succeed at the real college level.”

He said the district hopes to have students enrolled in the program next year, on their way to earning a two-year associate degree while in grades 11 and 12 along with an additional “grade 13.”

For full story, pick up a copy of the Dec. 18 issue of The Allegan County News or subscribe to the e-edition.

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