For the Star Journal
When Crandon High School students walked into their business classes at the start of the current semester, they were presented with something unique: Nicolet College instructors standing in the front of the class.
Through this new and innovative partnership between the school district and the college, Crandon high school juniors and seniors are now earning both high school and college credits by taking the Nicolet Business classes.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for our students,” said Crandon District Administrator Doug Kryder. “Everyone is excited we were able to make this happen and make it so convenient for high school students to earn college credits as part of their normal school day.”
At the start of the semester, 22 students had enrolled in Nicolet’s Principles of Management and Business Marketing classes.
The benefits are many, Kryder explained.
“First, the students get a jump start on college, which can help shorten the time they are in college,” he said. “This means they save on tuition costs and may be able to graduate sooner. By shortening their time in college, they’ll realize a significant financial advantage as they begin their professional careers.”
Nicolet College President Richard Nelson said the college is committed to partnering with K-12 districts whenever possible to help meet the needs of students.
“Dual credit arrangements such as this, where students earn both high school and college credits in the same class, both smooth and speed the pathway for these students to earn a college education,” Nelson said.
“This arrangement with Crandon High School creates a significant benefit for students so they can receive the education they need to get ahead in life.”
The unique partnership started as the result of the current statewide shortage of qualified high school business instructors. The School District of Crandon advertised the open position but ultimately was not able to hire an instructor.
Kryder then approached Nicolet.
“We felt it was important to be able to offer business classes to students, to create new opportunities for them whenever possible,” he said. “I can’t tell you how excited everyone is, especially the students and their parents, that this partnership with Nicolet came together so well.”