Dual credit now offered at Lincoln Technical Education Center

August 1, 2016

college nowHeartland’s College NOW program gives students the opportunity to earn free college credit while still enrolled in high school. The program was offered for the first time last year at Lincoln High School, has been offered at several high schools and career centers and is now available at Lincoln Technical Education Center (LTEC).

According to Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Sarah Diel-Hunt, “We’re trying to build a pipeline of students into high demand occupational programs. Offering classes at LTEC is a great way to show students all the possibilities for earning college degrees and certificates that will lead to higher paying jobs in applied or technical areas.”

Courses offered at the center include construction, certified nursing assistance, medical terminology and welding. All are taught by faculty who meet the State’s qualifications for teaching college-level courses.

Through the program, students have the opportunity to take courses at no charge that directly transfer to Heartland. This saves time and money and also increases students’ confidence in completing college-level classes.

“We train their faculty to instruct from our syllabi. This way, students can earn credit from Heartland while being comfortable in the familiar surroundings of their own high school,” Diel-Hunt explained.

Lincoln Community High School started offering College NOW courses last school year. Diel-Hunt hopes that adding this partnership with the career center in Lincoln will forge an even deeper relationship.

Those interested in learning more or enrolling in College NOW at the high school or LTEC can contact Lincoln Community High School at (217) 732-4131.

Written by: Becky Gropp