PINEVILLE, La. (KALB) - At a press conference on Tuesday, Pineville High School announced they will begin to offer students enough credits to earn an associate degree alongside their high school diploma.
It was all made possible through a partnership with Northwestern State University. The two schools have partnered to offer dual enrollment courses for years, but Pineville High School will become the second public school in the state to offer an associate degree program.
NSU is pleased to partner with Pineville High School, saying the schools share many educational and environmental values.
“Alexandria-Pineville has always remained one of Northwestern’s biggest feeder areas,” said NSU’s president, Dr. Chris Maggio. “They have a wonderful school district. They do a great job."
Beginning with the class of 2020, students could graduate with a 60-hour, General Studies Associate Degree from Northwestern. Both schools said they are excited for what this will mean to students.
"Any student that enters in college will have the opportunity to forgo either a freshman dormitory requirement, or perhaps a freshman meal ticket requirement,” said Karl Carpenter, PHS principal. “They'll have enough hours to just go ahead and start."
Carpenter said that, with cuts to TOPS, parents and students find it important to earn college credit in high school, reducing time spent at a university.