The explained that the Early College model includes partnerships between K-12 school corporations and is centered on developing the opportunity to 1) increase high school graduation rates and postsecondary entrance and completion rates, 2) remove barriers to postsecondary access and 3) ease the transition from high school to college. VU’s Early College students follow a defined curricular pathway to concurrently complete Indiana Core 40 high school classes and those needed for an associate degree by enrolling in VU courses meeting the requirements for both programs. Targeting Indiana’s underrepresented, at-risk youth, VU’s Early College program is leading the nation in success.
Early College high schools save the State of Indiana and students considerable costs. Studies indicate that Early Colleges are a cost effective way for states to improve college completion. In addition to decreased textbook costs, Early College students attain transferable credit at a fraction of the cost they would have paid at traditional public colleges in Indiana. Based on current data, the projected savings for each Early College student completing 60 credit hours would be over $13,500 per student.
VU’s Career and Technical Early Colleges will include partnerships between Vincennes University and Career and Technical Education Centers throughout the state. These partnerships will provide high school students with the opportunity to earn an A.S. degree, or make significant progress towards a degree, in one of the many career and technical areas that Vincennes University offers. This unique partnership will promote A.S. degrees in areas such as Advanced CNC Manufacturing, Computer Integrated Manufacturing & Robotics, Precision Manufacturing, Product Design and Production Processes and Welding Technology.
VU’s Career and Technical Early Colleges will equip students with the skill sets they need to gain meaningful employment in Indiana’s high-wage, high-demand occupations. In addition to helping the State of Indiana achieve its degree production goal, this initiative will meet the workforce demands of the advanced manufacturing and other high-skill, technology-driven industries that support the state’s economic and workforce development.