Leaving home to attend college is a challenging transition for most students. For students in rural communities where close family ties are a way of life and parents may not understand the college experience or benefit, attending college can be even more of a challenge. At Lee County Middle and High School, we’ve worked to provide opportunities for students to get started on college coursework during their high school career. It is a tribute to our staff who utilize limited resources for maximum benefit to enhance the opportunity for the success of our students.
Lee County Schools partners with five different colleges to provide dual credit courses. During the 2018-19 school year, we offer 27 dual credit courses with over 50 sections, ranging from general education to construction and health science. With our students leaving high school with as many as 40 college credit hours and experience in managing college course requirements, attending college and earning a degree seems more manageable.
Our leadership team’s strategic approach is to maximize the academic advantage and minimize cost to our students. Dual credit coursework has been well received, but it hasn’t been easy to implement. Our closest institution of higher education is an hour away, making college instructors’ travel to Lee County unlikely. Many classes are taught by Lee County school staff, who have worked tirelessly to equip themselves;. several teachers worked with colleges and even went back to college themselves to meet varying certification requirements to teach dual credit classes. Financial barriers to attend college are always a challenge for our students, but we have been able to take advantage of the Kentucky Department of Education’s dual credit and work ready scholarships to help offset the cost.
We have also worked to increase technology resources so students can access classes online. We are now a true 1:1 district. Each student grades K-5 has a device for each class throughout the day, and each student grades 6-12 has access to a device to take home with them for anytime/anywhere learning if they need one.