State Director Visits Perry High School
Responding to an invitation, Dr. Larisa Harper, Ohio's Director of College Credit Plus (CCP), recently visited Perry High School. "We wanted to take an opportunity to demonstrate how CCP benefits students and our community," explained School Counselor, MaryJo Bowersox.
During her visit Dr. Harper met with Principal Jason Conrad, five teachers, and students in four classes. A lunchtime roundtable discussion provided an opportunity for in-depth conversations with 9th-12th grade college bound and career tech students taking College Credit Plus coursework.
Dr. Harper asked students about their current projects, how their classes differed from high school classes, and their education and careers goals. Students expressed appreciation of online classes that allow them to plan their academic assignments and after school work. Other students preferred face-to-face classes and the support provided at the high school. All students recognized their growing independence, time management skills, and the importance of the college syllabus.
Teachers participating in the visit support the idea of all students having the opportunity to experience college courses. While they acknowledge the additional work involved, they are committed to enriching students' experiences in preparation for college and career. "I follow the college syllabus," explained one teacher, "and I extend the lessons so students have the opportunity to stretch."