ICC and Washington High School Partner to Offer Students a Strong Start in College

Illinois Central College and Washington High School have partnered to launch a one-year pilot program aimed at giving high school students a head start when it comes to their college career. The program will begin this fall.

The pilot program, named Strong Start, offers qualified Washington High School seniors the opportunity to be concurrently enrolled in the high school while attending ICC. Students will earn credit toward an associate degree at the college while fulfilling requirements for a high school diploma from District 308.

“We are pleased to partner with Washington High School to pilot this program,” said ICC Vice President of Student Services, Dr. Tracy Morris. “It offers their seniors the opportunity to earn dual credit and jump start their college career at ICC.”

“Our hope is to cultivate a mutually beneficial partnership between Washington Community High School and Illinois Central College,” said Superintendent of Schools for Washington CHSD #308, Dr. Kyle Freeman. “We believe this innovative program will benefit students and families by providing high quality and cost effective college credits to students who plan on continuing their education after high school.”

To participate, Washington High School students must maintain a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale and be on track by the end of their junior year to graduate on time. The agreement also requires students to maintain positive discipline and attendance records.

Eligible students must complete and submit an ICC application and score at college level in all areas as demonstrated on the ACT or COMPASS placement tests, or have successfully completed remediation to reach that level. Students also will be required to participate in ICC’s New Student Orientation and meet with ICC and Washington High School counselors on a regular basis.

Both parties will share data on grades, test scores and attendance and will assess the program for annual renewal beginning July 2016.

For more information on the Strong Start program, contact Karen Stevens, director of student services at Washington High School, at [email protected] or (309) 444-5570.