Wolf Point Students Looking Ahead With Dual Credit Classes
Wolf Point High School is seeing a continued increase of students taking dual credit classes again this school year.
“It has continued to grow over the last few years,” Wolf Point High School counselor Erin Loendorf said. “We are thankful for the on-going partnership with the college to provide an opportunity for our schools.”
In the 2022-2023 academic year: 27 seniors and 21 juniors have taken at least one dual credit or early college course.
“The students are making a choice to enroll in college level courses for their electives which speaks volumes for their ambition, work ethic and dedication to their education,” Loendorft said. “The dedicated teaching staff put in additional time and training to be able to offer these courses and meet the expectations and standards necessary for the college credit.”
There is no cost for the Wolf Point High School students to take the dual credit courses through Fort Peck Community College. The only requirement is that they are working toward their high school graduation. The program is only for juniors and seniors.
Classes available only for seniors have included college writing, basic statistics and calculus I.
Subjects available for juniors or seniors are intro to public speaking, basic microsoft office, personal finance, human anatomy and physiology, oxy/fuel shielded metal arc welding and introduction to psychology.
“We very much appreciate the staff of the college to support the students,” Loendorf said. “I am really looking forward to continuing to improve these programs for our students at WPHS and I only see more positive outcomes from it in the future!”
The classes are taught by Wolf Point High School staff members during the regular school day.
Loendorf is grateful that Principal Kim Hanks has made the program a priority.
“Our goal for dual enrollment/ early college program is to support the opportunity for all students to earn college credit and have exposure to pathways into higher education from two-year degrees to certificate programs. The college courses will lead to students being better prepared to join the workforce or transition into higher education,” Loendorf said.
Early college courses are offered through FPCC but students earn college credit only and these are mainly online programs.
Wolf Point has one senior who is enrolled in the CDL program for early college. Many WPHS students are also enrolling in summer session at FPCC over the summer to earn additional credits.
Fort Peck Community College is aligned with the Montana University System so credits transfer in the state.