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NH High School Students get a ‘Running Start’ on their College Credits

Students at Portsmouth High School have the chance to earn college credit in fields like computer science right from their high school, according to Seacoast Online. The high school partnered with Great Bay Community College, and thanks to funding from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, students can earn up to 12 college credits. 

The courses offered include an introduction to Java, web development, and Python (a programming language), among others. Students can take the credits and apply them to a number of certificate programs or even an associate’s degree in computer technologies. The certificate requirements range from 24 to 36 credits, so students could be halfway through the college curriculum before they even graduate high school.

The Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH) has partnered with schools across the state to offer “Running Start” classes, where students can earn college credit in select high school classes. CCSNH also offers online versions of classes for students that don’t have Running Start programs in their schools.

Students can choose from a range of courses, including specialized and general education courses. NHTI offers online English Composition, Statistics, and College Math courses, in addition to Medical Terminology, Human Growth and Development, and even a course for Young Children’s Language and Literacy Development.

Watch the video below to learn more about Running Start in New Hampshire:

The Running Start courses cost $150 per course–much cheaper than the cost of tuition in college. But through a grant from the NH Charitable Foundation, the computer science students at PHS get the credits for free.

Read the full article here.


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