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February 11, 2013

College working with Lockport High School

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal —

When it comes to starting college, Lockport High School students could have a pretty good head start.

The school is going to offer courses for students to take for college credit, according to a new partnership with Bryant & Stratton College in Buffalo. The college is accredited with the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

The classes would be after school, staffed by teachers from the college and last about 45 hours over a 15-week period. The partnership would come at no cost for Lockport.

"It's a great opportunity," said Principal Frank Movalli. "And you can't beat free."

Movalli said in the spring a survey would be given to students asking what classes would be of interest to them or what career fields they find interesting. The course offerings will be based off of the survey's results and all courses would be held at the high school.

Courses would include some common classes students would need, such as English 101, Movalli said.

Bryant & Stratton started working with high schools about two years ago. The college has an extensive program with Lancaster schools, which involved working with 400 kids. Lockport's program would be smaller and differ from Lancaster's, said Christian Blum, liberal arts program administrator at Bryant & Stratton.

While numbers were not available on how the program has worked so far at Lancaster, Blum told the Lockport Board of Education on Wednesday there was a sign of success. In the fall, Lancaster reported the fewest number of students entering college who were in need of remedial English in years.

Another aspect offered by the college is a discussion about transitioning to college. Blum said the high school students would learn about financial aid, social aspects and other experiences with college.

Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241.

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