High School Students Start College at SUNY Canton on Friday

North Country students will be attending classes as part of the grant-funded Early College High School Smart Scholars program.

Early College High SchoolApproximately 40 freshmen and sophomores from Massena Central High School and Ogdensburg Free Academy will officially become college students this Friday as part of the Smart Scholars Early College High School program at SUNY Canton.

Early College High School was established through a $200,000 grant from the New York State Education Department. Teachers from participating high schools offer college-level instruction supplemented by exploratory learning opportunities at SUNY Canton.

“Our program is part of National Early College Awareness Week,” said Adrienne C. Rygel, an assistant professor in the civil and environmental technology program and Early College High School program coordinator “Our goal is to have students earn a minimum of 20 college credit hours before they graduate from High School.”

Their day-long visit, including a tour of the brand-new Roos House Athletic Center and Grasse River Suites residence hall, will begin at 9 a.m. Friday, March 30, at SUNY Canton.

Instruction begins at 12:15 p.m. and includes a crime-scene investigation, a computer building class, concrete experiments, and three-dimensional computer modeling presentation, among other glimpses into SUNY Canton’s signature career-driven programs.

The Early College High School ‘dual enrollment’ program serves to increase high school graduation and college completion rates among those historically left in the gap, while reducing college tuition costs as a result of the more than 20 college credits earned in high school. The initiative fits well within the SUNY-wide plan to create a seamless educational pipeline to prepare students for college at an earlier age.

More on the Early College High School Program is available in the article “SUNY Canton Partners with Local High Schools.”

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