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Program helps high school students earn college credit

5/13/2014

WILBURTON, OK (May 13, 2014) – Qualified high school students can get a jump start on their college career this summer through a program at Eastern Oklahoma State College.

The College Hours At Participating Schools (CHAPS) program, also known as concurrent enrollment, is an opportunity for high school juniors and seniors to take two college courses during the summer tuition free. Students are only responsible for their books and fees.

“Through the CHAPS program, Eastern is trying to increase awareness of the concurrent enrollment opportunities available to high school students in our service area,” said Dr. Stephen Glazier, vice president for Student Affairs. “This concurrent enrollment program offers a tremendous cost savings to students and their families.”

Qualified students who were high school juniors during the 2013-2014 academic year are eligible to take up to two college courses this summer. Students may take up to two college courses each semester during their senior year of high school, with a potential of completing 18 total hours of college credit tuition free while still in high school.

“Many area high schools also allow students to use college courses toward their high school graduation requirements,” Glazier said. “The key is for students to work closely with their high school counselor to make sure they choose the right classes.”

Glazier said the college courses students take while still in high school can help lighten the course load later when they become full-time college students.

To qualify for the program, high school juniors must have a composite ACT score of 21 or a minimum grade point average of 3.5 with a subject area score of 19 (English, reading, math, science). High school seniors must have a composite ACT score of 19 or a minimum grade point average of 3.0 with a subject area score of 19 (English, reading, math, science).

For more information about the CHAPS program at Eastern, visit eosc.edu/chaps call 918-465-2361.

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