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Surprise! 52 eighth graders accepted into Early College High School program

Originally posted May 16, 2018

Congratulations to the 52 Union eighth graders who have been selected to participate in the second cohort of the Early College High School program. Next year, they will begin preparations to earn college credits concurrently with Tulsa Community College while they are in High School. When they graduate from Union High School, they will receive both their Associates degree and their high diploma. KUDOS to these amazing students! 

Union Public Schools and Tulsa Community College surprise the 52 incoming freshmen with a special “reveal” celebration this morning as they announced the second class of the Early College High School (ECHS) program

Superintendent Dr. Kirt Hartzler and TCC President Leigh Goodson led the surprises, helped with educators and administrators from both Union and TCC. Several students gasped in surprise as they heard the good news.

Goodson and Hartzler then met each student as tokens, which included a key chain, were given to each student. Lisa Witcher, executive director of Secondary Education, commended the students and expressed her excitement that students will be able to take college courses while still in High School.

ECHS is a joint effort between Union and Tulsa Community College that provides eligible students the opportunity to earn up to 60 college credits concurrently while attending Union High School. Students who complete the program will receive both an associate degree and a high school diploma upon graduation. 

Students had to apply for the program, many of whom will be the first in their family to attend college. These students will complete a rigorous college prep curriculum in ninth grade before entering Early College High School. The students will move through the program as a cohort with a specified course sequence and schedule. TCC faculty teach rigorous college-level courses on-site at Union High School. The courses offered include the general education requirements Oklahoma colleges require in the initial two years of post-secondary education.

Early College High School is an expansion of concurrent enrollment opportunities already available at the Union Collegiate Academy. The first cohort of 55 students – announced in December 2017 – has been involved in rigorous college prep curriculum since January and will begin college courses this fall.