HVCC announces new online learning option for high school students in 2012-13; college credits can be earned at reduced cost
Hudson Valley Community College (HVCC) in Troy is undertaking a new initiative for the college in the high school program that will offer area students the opportunity to take certain courses strictly online at a reduced tuition rate of $50 per credit.
The new online initiative is set to launch in fall 2012 with the following courses:
• Financial Accounting
• Personal Finance
• Legal & Ethical Environment of Business
• Introduction to Computing and Information Science
• Programming and Logic I
• Principles of Macroeconomics
• Latin Language & Culture I
• Calculus II
• Principles of Marketing
• General Psychology
• Spanish Language & Culture I
The logistics of the program and the ways in which the courses will differ from the traditional college in the high school model are as follows:
• Registration begins June 4 and ends August 18
• Classes begin August 27 and end December 14, following the HVCC schedule.
• A minimum of 15 students will be necessary for a course to be offered. Enrollment will be capped at 30 students. These students may be co-mingled with students from other high schools to achieve the minimum necessary to run the course, but not with HVCC students.
• Scholarships will be available for students who are eligible for Free/Reduced Lunch.
• Students will need access to a computer at all times and Internet access via our Blackboard Learning Management System.
• Students must use the exact same book as is being used at the college—the instructors will be teaching from these books.
• Instructional methods used will depend on the course, but for most courses, all tests and finals, as well as all assignments, will be completed online. Students will be expected to log on frequently and interface with their fellow students as well as the instructor.
As part of this initiative, HVCC is offering — at no cost — a one-credit summer course called "Strategies for Success in Online Learning," to prepare students for the new web-based program. This course is not mandatory, but is recommended to familiarize students with online learning. More information
Registration materials will be available to Watervliet High School juniors and seniors on Monday, June 11. Stop by the Guidance Office for more information.