BY DYLAN KOUNS
FOR THE DAILY INDEPENDENT
RUSSELL Students at Russell High School can get started on their college career before it even begins.
At Russell, as well as several other schools in Kentucky, Morehead State University offers dual-credit courses that allow students to earn high school and collegelevel credits from a single class.
The courses offered are chosen by an administrative team, which consists of the principal, assistant principal and counselors. The superintendent is also involved because a memorandum of agreement must be made between the college and the school district.
The courses offered “depend on the faculty,” according to RHS counselor Terri McConda.
The school tries to offer what courses staff members are qualified to teach.
“To be able to teach dual-credit courses, the faculty has to be approved to be an adjunct professor at the university,” she said. Those with a master’s degree or 18 graduate hours in their field may apply to become adjunct professors with the university.
The classes are not just for show, as students take full advantage of the opportunity.
“It’s hard to tell a number because we have students taking multiple classes,” McConda said.
“But I would say we probably have 150 students each year that are taking dual credit.”
McConda is confident the courses are helping students prepare for college. “I spoke to a student who was able to get a double major in four years because she had dual-credit courses already on her transcript.”