Muncie Central High School Named Mentor School for Early College Program Success

According to a press release sent via Muncie Community Schools on May 31:

Muncie Central High School’s Early College program has been recognized as one of the best in Indiana by the Urban College Acceleration Network (UCAN), a new initiative of the Learning Leadership Center of Excellence (CELL) of the University of Indianapolis (UIndy) in partnership with the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE), after only seven years of existence. CELL recently re-approved the Bearcats’ Early College program and invited MCHS to serve as a mentoring school for other Indiana high schools so they can successfully implement a program similar to Muncie Central High School’s. .

“It is quite an honor to be one of four schools in the state to be asked to serve as a mentoring school,” said Muncie Central High School Principal Chris Walker. “We have a number of dedicated teachers, which is essential, and Mr. Reichard does an amazing job coordinating the entire program in conjunction with Ivy Tech.”

Early College programs allow students to earn college credit and/or professional degrees while still in high school. Students can graduate with college credit and potentially a two-year associate’s degree, saving families thousands of dollars in tuition; each year, MCHS students earn approximately $350,000 in free college credits.

“Muncie Central offers quality programs that help its students not only succeed in high school, but also accelerate their post-secondary education,” said Sandy Hillman, CELL Director of UIndy at Early College. “Last year alone, 17 Central students earned associate degrees from Ivy Tech and another 23 students earned Indiana College Core.”

Although open to all students, the Early College programs specifically target students who are statistically underrepresented in higher education – students from low-income families, first-generation students, English language learners and college students. of color.

The Indiana College Core includes 30 hours of general education courses that meet first-year requirements at all Indiana public colleges and universities.

“Ivy Tech is proud to offer students this unique opportunity to complete their foundation coursework while simultaneously earning college credit or even a degree,” said Khalid Reichard, Muncie Central High School Early College Coordinator. “If students work hard, they can achieve great things.”

MaKaiya Lowe graduated in 2022 with a two-year degree from Ivy Tech in addition to her degree earned at MCHS. She said Reichard’s presentation in her eighth year motivated her to apply for the Early College program.

“Through the Early College program, I completed all of my general courses,” Lowe said. “Now I can concentrate on my career courses, which will save me time and money. It also already put me in a college mindset, so that was really cool.

For more information about Muncie Central High School’s Early College program, visit: https://chs.muncie.k12.in.us/departmentsresources/academics.

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