Rock Rapids, IA (September 10, 2014) – Ignite Christian Academy, an online distance learning academy for grades K-12, is pleased to announce a new dual credit partnership with the University of Northwestern – St. Paul.
The program, known as Early College at the University of Northwestern, gives high school juniors and seniors a head start on their undergraduate degree by allowing them to enroll in online college courses at a discounted rate. Students who enroll in the program at the beginning of their junior year can earn up to two full years of college credit before ever setting foot on a college campus.
"We're very excited about this new journey with the University of Northwestern," said Denise Laudenbach, President of Alpha Omega Publications. "With more than 65 college courses to choose from, Northwestern gives our students even more opportunities to follow and achieve their dreams, while preparing them for the rigors of higher education with courses from a Christ-centered university."
To qualify for the program, students must hold junior or senior status, maintain a grade point average of 2.75 or higher, and meet minimum test scores (ACT/PLAN score of at least 18 or SAT score of at least 1200 or PSAT score of at least 120). For each four-credit college course students complete, they earn a full high school credit through ICA.
Dr. Alan S. Cureton, President of the University of Northwestern, notes that in addition to dual credit, the program gives students a true understanding of what to expect when they head off to a physical college to finish their degree.
"Students need intrinsic motivation to succeed in the Early College courses," he said. "Along the way, they discover how to collaborate with peers, meet deadlines, and connect with college professors on a professional and personal level. Our professors look forward to welcoming ICA students into the program."
To learn more about dual credit courses at Ignite Christian Academy, call 800-682-7396.