Area high school students have another opportunity to earn free college credits this school year. The school districts of Abbotsford, Athens, Colby, Loyal, Spencer and Stratford have joined forces with Northcentral Technical College (NTC) to offer the Health Academy. The Health Academy consists of classes that will give students a jump start on a career in the health field.
The Health Academy is an addition to a group of already existing Academies these districts provide to their students. The other Academies high school students in Abbotsford, Athens, Colby, Loyal, Spencer and Stratford can attend are Manufacturing, Marketing and Early Childhood.
The school districts pool their resources to provide the teachers for the courses while NTC provides the curriculum and space to hold the classes if needed.
“Working with other area school districts allows us to provide viable educational opportunities for students to launch their careers,” said Reed Welsh, Superintendent, Abbotsford School District. “As rural school districts we need to work together to help our students. We wouldn’t be able to offer the Academies on our own.”
Each Academy includes 14-16 transcripted NTC credits. The credits can go towards an associate degree at NTC or can transfer to any of the 4-year colleges or universities where NTC has an existing articulation agreement. Since the fall of 2009, students enrolled in the Academies have earned almost 1,400 NTC credits absolutely free of charge, saving them and their families more than $155,000.