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Chester County High School, FHU to Expand Dual Enrollment Program

Henderson, Tenn. - Feb 27, 2017

Chester County High School and Freed-Hardeman University are excited to announce an expanded, and highly unusual, dual enrollment program. Dubbed the Griffin Program, the program allows students to get a head start on their university careers by earning 35 or more credit hours from FHU while also earning high school credit. Qualified Chester County High School juniors and seniors will be able to participate in the program beginning with the Fall 2017 semester.

"The Griffin Program will better prepare our high school students for college, and in doing so, they will be more successful and confident individuals,” noted Dr. Ricky Catlett, Chester County High School principal.  “We are excited to offer this opportunity to our students."

Classes will be offered in English, mathematics, psychology, history, communication, literature, Spanish and theatre. The unusual feature of this dual enrollment program is that students may also take classes toward completing micro-credential badges in four areas: computer science, education, the fine arts and healthcare. These “badges” allow students to explore an area, by taking five freshman and sophomore level courses, to determine if it is a viable major for them.

Each course will cost $300; however, the Tennessee Dual Enrollment Grant may be used to offset the cost. This grant can be used to cover two courses each semester.

Troy Kilzer, superintendent of Chester County Schools, commented that the district is “committed to ensuring that our students are college and career ready when they graduate. These college-level courses will be taught by FHU staff and will enable our students to build their confidence to complete post-secondary certifications during and after high school.” Kilzer continued, “Every family wants its students to succeed in careers that provide sustainable living wages for their futures. The Griffin Program is a partnership between FHU and CCHS to better our students' opportunities for successful futures.”

Dr. C. J. Vires, provost and vice president at FHU, stated, “From our first meeting, the priority for the program has been to help better prepare Chester County students for success beyond high school. It was great to work alongside such a creative and solution-focused group. Everyone worked toward making it happen and on taking dual enrollment to the next level.” Kilzer, Catlett and Vires all believe that the group was successful in developing such a program.