GLENPOOL — Students at Glenpool High School and the surrounding communities involved in concurrent enrollment can find security in knowing the collegiate courses will continue despite changes at the Glenpool campus.
For the general public, outside of the concurrent enrollment program, courses will not be available for fall 2016.
“Tulsa Community College (TCC) is making adjustments at the Glenpool Community Campus to partner with Glenpool High School as the anchor of a concurrent enrollment center,” said TCC’s media relations specialist, Nicole Burgin.
General education courses including college Algebra, English composition, psychology, communications and U.S. history will be offered for high school students.
Student reach encompasses not only Glenpool but also the surrounding districts like Bixby, Kiefer, Liberty, Mounds, Sapulpa and home-schooled students.
Currently, no summer or evening concurrent courses will be available at Glenpool, but students can attend other campuses. The public can attend TCC at other campuses or online.
“We believe the arrangement for fall 2016 is a good partnership with Glenpool and surrounding districts while helping TCC cope with the significant reductions in state funding for the budget that begins July 1,” said TCC President and CEO Leigh B. Goodson. “With a 16 percent reduction in state funding for FY17, we have had to make some tough decisions.”
The college hopes to stir significant cost savings in staff and utilities with the building open only during morning hours for concurrent enrollment. Estimated cost in their former operation ran the institution an estimated $200,000 or more.
Burgin said, “TCC serves the largest number of high school students enrolled in college courses across the state. In 2015, TCC had 1,516 enrolled in concurrent classes from roughly 75 school districts and 100 homeschooled families.”
Currently, 50 students from Glenpool are enrolled for fall collegiate courses at TCC.
Assistant Superintendent Mona Smith said, “It’s the most we’ve ever had. It’s a pretty high percentage of our kids. Our valedictorian this year had 35 hours of college credit from TCC when she graduated. That’s over a years worth of credit.”
Students earn dual credit — both high school and college credit — and can take up to two classes every semester. TCC will add concurrent classes based on demand, already adding one course for the fall semester.
“We’ve had a good working relationship with TCC,” said Smith, “We started about eight years ago, and their adjunct professors came to the high school and held classes.”
Smith said concurrent enrollment has encouraged students to continue post-high school education.
“When you can go to TCC and have one semester, two semesters or more college credit under your belt, you already know what it’s like to be a college student. You have already sat in those college classes and know what it takes to meet those expectations.”
She said with the “safety net” of the high school teachers, the students apprehensive in starting college courses feel more secure finding assistance with their courses when needed.
As for the future of the TCC Glenpool Community Campus, Burgin said, “We will continue to discuss future directions with Glenpool Public Schools on how we can both serve concurrent south Tulsa County high school students.”