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New program would let high school students earn college credits


It can be expensive and time-consuming to earn a college degree. But a new program aims to ease that burden.

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction is partnering with the University of Wisconsin Colleges to make this happen. Details of a plan to allow high school students to earn college credits were unveiled Tuesday at UW-Marathon County in Wausau.

But some crucial details are still being worked out.

The program would work like this: High school students could take classes at their high schools while earning UW college credit. Courses would be taught in person and online.

Education leaders say the new program will help students in two big ways. It would help reduce the cost of a college degree, they say, and help students be more prepared for when they do finally enter college.

"It actually helps orient them to college before they get there," said Ray Cross, UW Colleges and UW-Extension chancellor.

At a ceremony Tuesday in Wausau, representatives from the UW Colleges and the Department of Public Instruction committed to work out the details. And some big details are still unresolved. For example, who will pay for everything? The agreement calls for both sides to figure out how to share costs so they don't fall on the student.

"I believe at the end of the day that we will absolutely find the resources needed to make this happen," said Tony Evers, superintendent of public instruction.

Gov. Scott Walker says he supports this program. In a statement released Tuesday, he said, "We must continue to foster new opportunities for our students by utilizing commonsense partnerships and new technologies aimed at ensuring all students are ready for college or a career."

Now, with the ceremony over, work begins to hammer out a concrete plan. Both sides committed to start a pilot program no later than the 2013-2014 school year.

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