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West Catholic High School and Aquinas College Announce Dual Enrollment Agreement

June 11, 2014 - (Grand Rapids, Mich.) - West Catholic High School and Aquinas College have entered into a dual enrollment agreement that will make college courses available during the 2014 to 2015 school year to West Catholic students. Eligible juniors and seniors will be able to take Principles of Accounting in the fall and Principles of Management in the spring. These traditional college courses have the same rigor and expectations as those taught on the Aquinas campus.

“We worked closely with West Catholic High School to create a dual enrollment agreement that will enable students to earn full college credit for courses taken in their high school building,” said Dr. Gilda Gely, Provost at Aquinas College. “West Catholic has been a great partner in this endeavor, and we look forward to continuing our relationship with them.”

Classes for West Catholic students will take place at the high school, but will be taught by full-time Aquinas faculty and will follow Aquinas’ calendar. West Catholic students will not be charged additional tuition for these classes, but will be required to purchase their own books as is the case in traditional college courses.

“There has been immediate and significant interest in the Aquinas classes and in this high caliber partnership on our campus,” said Cynthia Kneibel, principal, West Catholic High School. “We are thankful to have the opportunity to maintain our Catholic identity while offering dual enrollment. We look forward to being able to expand the partnership in the near future.”

This dual enrollment will be used as a pilot program, during which West Catholic and Aquinas will explore the possibility of a 4:1 program for future implementation. A 4:1 program would allow students to take Aquinas courses during their junior and senior years on the high school campus. Following their graduation from West Catholic, they could transition to Aquinas College to complete an Associates of Arts or Sciences degree.