Power of 15 Partnership Provides New Opportunities for College Credit

March 12, 2015 02:54 PM

A new partnership with Harper College is offering High School District 214 high school seniors even more opportunities to earn college credit in high school.
Beginning this summer, rising seniors can enroll in Speech 101, a college course, on Harper’s campus. This fall, District 214 will offer a number of new college-level courses taught in District high schools by our teachers using Harper curriculum. Completion of any of these courses with a C or better will result in transferrable credit on a Harper transcript.
Speech 101 is a three-credit class offered to our students at the District 214 summer school tuition rate. This is a significant discount. The new academic year courses, listed below, are free of charge to District 214 students.

  • College Composition (03291/03292)
  • College Mathematical Applications 101 (04971/04972)
  • College Algebra (04401/04402)
  • College Physical Science (05241/05242)
  • College Speech Communication (03890)
  • College Introduction to Visual Art (02990)

Parents and guardians should contact their school counselor regarding these opportunities. A one-page fact sheet is available here, and a parent/guardian permission form can is available here.
Research shows students who enter college with 15 or more credits are twice as likely to graduate with a degree. The new Power of 15 partnership complements existing efforts to help all District 214 students earn college credit before graduating. Already, the District offer opportunities like Advanced Placement classes and testing, other dual-credit classes and career pathways that provide credit and certifications in areas like healthcare and manufacturing.
Educators must find ways to work together to ensure college is a viable opportunity for all students. This partnership boosts college affordability by providing access to college credits in high school, and furthers District 214's efforts to ensure all students leave our schools prepared for college and career success.

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