Franklin County schools explore partnership with Wilson College

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Dec 26, 2013 2:30 PM

(Harrisburg) -- Wilson College is exploring partnerships with local Franklin County school districts to bring college-level courses to high schoolers.

School adminstrators from around Franklin County are checking out Wilson to get a better sense of the possibilities that lie ahead.


Administrators say the partnership helps keep students in the area when they go to college.

Students at Tuscarora High School already can take English Composition and Intro to Psychology, two college-level courses.

"It's not taught at the high school level even though it's taught in the high school. It's taught on the college level, with the same times of demands that professors have for students in a college classroom," says Mary Ann Naso, vice president for enrollment at Wilson College.

She adds that the 5 year old program brings something new to every student.

"Students can leave high school with anywhere from 15 to 30 credits. And all of those, if they're strong credits, they can transfer to the university of their choice. And that in turn means they're not going to have to buy the credits there," says Dr. Charles Prijatelj, superintendent for the Tuscarora district.

Doctor Prijatelj says they hope to expand offerings when they can.

Mary Ann Naso sees a win-win situation.

"We've had many of those students enroll here. They have felt very comfortable with the kind of instruction they've received and have wanted to continue on here at Wilson."

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