During the 2019-2020 school year, Scott County Schools partnered with Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) to pilot Scott County Middle College. Participating juniors and seniors earned up to 15 college credit hours each semester by attending classes at BCTC. These classes also counted toward high school graduation requirements.
“My experience with middle college has been amazing, I needed something a bit more challenging and this was the perfect solution,” stated Scott County High School student Nyla Nims. “The BCTC middle college program is very beneficial, not only was I able to go straight into taking college classes while still in high school, I will be able to graduate from high school with my associate’s degree.”
When Nims graduates in 2021, Principal Meocha Williams will be there to celebrate knowing she is well acclimated to college and ready to succeed in whatever path she chooses.
The middle college program is growing with more students ready to take advantage of this opportunity. This year, 30 students applied.
Grace Lyons, a junior at Great Crossing High School, will start middle college in the fall. “I’m very excited to get the opportunity to start college early,” Lyons said. “I hope this program will allow me to gain the necessary skills to be successful in college after high school.”
“This is an invaluable partnership for our school and our students,” stated Principal Williams. “I am excited to see the exponential growth of SCHS students in the middle college program over the next several years just as we have seen with our dual credit course programs.”
Great Crossing Principal Joy Lusby agrees and brings to light an added benefit of the program. “What I love about middle college is that students have the ability to experience a college schedule without losing their entire high school experience. Many students participate in middle college and extracurricular activities while maintaining a connection with their classmates.”
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