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Message from the Superintendent: Dual Credit

Hi, this is Sean Gallagher – Brookings Harbor School District 17C Superintendent here to talk to you about the dual credit offerings at Brookings Harbor High School. The school district has been working hard for several years to develop strong relationships and agreement with Southwestern Oregon Community College (SOCC), Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT) and Southern Oregon University (SOU) to further expand the number of dual credits offerings at the high school.
This has been a project that is tied to curriculum resources, professional development, hiring practices, educator qualifications and integration between secondary and college level curriculum.
Dual credit courses offered at the high school level allow a student to take one course and receive both transcripted college credit through the partnering higher education institution and high school credit at the same time. Dual credit opportunities allow students to start their college careers during high school by exposing them to college-level coursework that is rigorous and challenging.
The credits costs are either waived by the college and/or a significantly reduced tuition rate is charged. This is a great academic opportunity for students to help with their transition to higher education. Students who participate in at least one dual credit opportunity during their high school career are much more likely to graduate from college within four years with a four-year degree than those that don’t.
During the 2017-18 school year, 184 of our students took dual credit courses, for a total of 1,717 college credits earned. The average college credit costs $594 these days, so that is a potential college savings of more than $1 million to families in our community, not to mention the potential savings that can occur if a student completes college in 3 to 4 years rather than 5 or more.
This year (2018-19), there are 20 BHHS classes, that offer dual credit options with partner colleges. These classes include a wide range of subjects including, College Spanish, Digital Graphics, Leadership, College Algebra, History, Science and Health Careers.
Again, thank you to everyone for their continued support of our School District, and remember, that only together we can ensure that Every Student Can Succeed here at Brookings-Harbor School District
Sean Gallagher, Superintendent
(Posted March 5, 2019) 
Follow Superintendent Sean Gallagher on Twitter: @suptgallagher

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  • 108 graduates in Class of 2018 Our district has increased the graduation rate from the 60th percentile to more than 80th percentile in recent years, above the state average. We work to keep our students on track to graduate at all grades levels and have intervention programs to help students who fall behind.
  • 3 types of professional certificates offered BHHS students can earn an Allied Health Certificate in partnership with SWOCC, CompTIA Professional Information Technology certificates, and numerous Graphic and Digital Media Art professional software certificates. We've also re-added numerous CTE courses, such as welding and construction trades in recent years to provide more "hands-on" vocational training opportunities.
  • 1,717 dual credits earned in 2017-18 Last year, 184 of our students completed college credits through high school classes. Southern Oregon University (SOU), Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT) and South Western Oregon Community College (SOCC) to provide these dual credit opportunities.
  • $4.5 Million in Seismic Safety Upgrades Our district earned three $1.5 million in grants from Business Oregon to retrofit the elementary, middle and high school for safety in the event of a major earthquake. Kalmiopsis Elementary and Azalea Middle School are complete. Brookings-Harbor High School is slated for construction as soon as summer 2019.