MSU and WFISD team up to expand dual credit options

Updated: Feb. 26, 2019 at 10:35 PM CST
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WICHITA FALLS, TX (TNN) - Midwestern State University and Wichita Falls ISD are teaming up to help students get started with their college studies.

MSU's VP of Enrollment Management Fred Dietz said, “We met with WFISD early in the fall semester really to develop a strategy of what we can do to be more active and engaged with our local students.”

That strategy has led to the creation of a dual credit program with 21 classes that include general courses that will transfer to universities in Texas and majority of state schools across the country.

Beginning in the fall semester, high school juniors and seniors can take classes for $125 each which saves money when compared to the costs of a full load at a 4-year-college.

Right now, both MSU and WFISD plan to offer dual credit at MSU, online, and even in high school classrooms.

WFISD’s director of innovation and advanced academics says that the latter depends on the number of students interested.

Ward Roberts said, “If enough students have shown interest in taking a class then it’s easy for us to schedule on the campus with either one of our teacher’s one of Vernon’s teachers, or one of MSU’s instructors. We can do that because the enrollment’s there.”

But for students like Becca Cartier’s 10th grade son, she feels having to go to and from MSU to his high school would be too hectic.

“Just taking time away from school for transportation to and from – I’d rather skip that part. So, we’re leaning more towards the AP and just keeping him on one campus,” she stated.

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