Published On: Thu, May 25th, 2017

LCC students get jump on college with college credit courses

LAUREL — Several senior students at local high schools earn college credits before they graduate from high school.
Laurel-Concord-Coleridge students have several options to earn the credits, according to Diane Baker, LCC School Counselor.
LCC offers English Comp I and II classes, which are taught by Sue Brandow and a Math class taught by Carol Manganaro.
Students need to qualify in order to take the English and Math classes, according to Baker.
Qualification can be done through the ACT test or a test given at the Northeast Community College.
College credits can be earned through an American Government distance learning class through the Wynot School.  Janice Sherman is the instructor for the class.
“Laurel and Wynot Schools work together with these classes. Wynot students can take the classes taught at our school also,” Baker said.
Students can also take on-line college classes through Northeast Community College and through “Nebraska Now” at the University of Nebraska. There are also several other choices for on-line classes, according to Baker.
Four senior students at LCC High school racked up a lot of college credits.
Katie Jo Leapley has earned a total of 18 college credits with American government, public speaking, English 1010 and 1020, and college algebra/trig classes.
The government course was done through distance learning class with Wynot School, math and English were offered at LCC, and public speaking was an on-line class, according to Leapley.
It wasn’t always easy but Leapley was determined.
“In some ways, the classes were hard but it was doable,” she said. “The teachers were good about helping us.”
Leapley made the decision to take the classes because she knew it would save money and it would take less time to earn her college degree after she graduates from high school.
Leapley, who has already completed most of the general education classes she will need,  is on her way to earning a degree in elementary education at Wayne State College.
Trey Erwin, who has also earned 18 college credits, liked the idea that he will have a head start when he joins students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to earn a degree in architecture.
Being able to take major related classes rather than the general requirements appealed to Erwin who has earned college credits in Advanced Math, English Comp 101 and 102, sociology and public speaking.
Two were on-line classes and two were duel credit classes, according to Erwin.
“I liked the on-line concept,” he said. “Advanced Math was somewhat difficult.”
Katelyn Cook has plans to earns a degree in radiologic technology at Northeast Community College.
She already has earned 15 college credits through on-line classes offered at L-C-C School in public speaking, trigonometry and English 1010 and 1020.
“Sometimes the classes got a little tough, but only because there was more work involved,” Cook said. “It was nothing I couldn’t handle.”
Taking the college classes before graduating from high school had seemed like a good idea to Cook.
“I wanted to get some of my classes out of the way so I didn’t have to worry about them in college,” she said.
Before LCC graduation day, Emily Hangman will have earned 12 college credits in English 1010 and 1020, public speaking and introduction of sociology.
The two English composition classes were offered by the school and the other two classes were done on-line, according to Hangman.
The classes were difficult at times and took a little time, said Hangman.
“Time management was a must,” she said.
Hangman will be earning a major in business administration, with a concentration in finance, at Wayne State College.
She is happy to have already earned college credits when she begins her college experience.
“It gives me insight on what to expect during college and also gives me a head start towards my future life and career,” she said.
Several Randolph students will be starting college with college credits earned while they were still in high school.
The majority of Randolph students receive their college credits through the Northeast Community College, Norfolk, according to Amanda Reimers, Guidance Counselor at Randolph. Some of the student have used on-line classes through Central Community College and others have used Northeast Community College.
Students at Randolph are provided the information on earning college credits.
“We encourage them, but we do not push them to do this,” Reimers said. “I do help them sign up and register for the classes if they want to do this.”
Completing college courses along with their already full schedules of school work and activities shows the student’s determination and strong work ethic.
Alyssa Fye, a senior at Randolph High School, who has earned six college credits, already has plans in place for what she will be doing after she graduates.
Her plans include earning a degree in secondary education at Concordia University, Seward. She wants to be a high school teacher.