Goodbye, Nittany Lions: Penn State classes no longer available at CHS

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Goodbye, Nittany Lions: Penn State classes no longer available at CHS

A course selection booklet sits with a Penn State pennant. Penn State classes will no longer be offered at Carlisle High School after this school year.

A course selection booklet sits with a Penn State pennant. Penn State classes will no longer be offered at Carlisle High School after this school year.

Dyamond Jones

A course selection booklet sits with a Penn State pennant. Penn State classes will no longer be offered at Carlisle High School after this school year.

Dyamond Jones

Dyamond Jones

A course selection booklet sits with a Penn State pennant. Penn State classes will no longer be offered at Carlisle High School after this school year.

Course selection time is here, but this year, the thick, bright, pink book of courses excluded some familiar, popular options. 

As of the 2018-2019 school year, the Penn State Mont Alto courses will no longer be available to CHS students. The decision to end the relationship with the university was not a choice made by CHS.

“Penn State University has chosen to discontinue offering the dual enrollment courses with CHS and other area high schools,” said CHS upperclassman counselor Amy Knapp. “The administrators from Penn State indicated that the endeavor had not been profitable for them and did not lead to students matriculating at Penn State Mont Alto, which was their original goal.”

Over the last few years, the dual enrollment program has allowed students to take multiple college-level courses for a fraction of the price.

“Penn State courses provided valuable insights about many societal perspectives I otherwise would not have considered,”Annelise De Young, a CHS junior who took a PSU course this year, said. “The teacher I had seemed to have a lot of passion about psychology and sociology.  [However,] the class structure was a little boring and could have been spiced up to add variety.”

Penn State University has chosen to discontinue offering the dual enrollment courses with CHS and other area high schools.”

— Amy Knapp, CHS school counselor

This unforeseen change may have put a hindrance on many students’ future plans. Although the Penn State classes are no longer able to students, there are still many opportunities that students can take in order to get a head start in their college careers.

Students like Senior Kendra Fisher have completed their dual enrollment courses at other institutions.

“I chose to participate in the dual enrollment program through [Shippensburg University] because it allowed me to fulfill my high school requirements while getting college credit at the same time,” said Fisher.  “This program gave me a real college experience because I was taking classes on Shippensburg’s campus with actual college students.”

Another dual enrollment programs currently available to upperclassmen through a partnership with Dickson College and HACC. Students interested in dual enrollment programs from any college should discuss options with their school counselor.

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