Center I at Seminole Place to expand enrollment

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ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- A special program that gives high school students a taste of college will be expanding enrollment in the fall.

The Albemarle County Public Schools division says Center I and Seminole Place will expand enrollment for high school seniors in August, and students who participate can earn up to 16 college credits.

The credits can be in English, government and information technology thanks to a partnership with Piedmont Virginia Community College.

PVCC adjunct professors teach the classes on a college schedule, which means the students manage their own weekly schedules and have the flexibility to pursue work-based learning experiences such as internships or part-time employment.

"This Early College Learning Experience compliments the highly successful self-directed learning opportunities that unfolded for students this year at Center I," said Michael Craddock, the center's first appointed director. "We're giving time back to students so they can pursue learning and development opportunities that appeal to them, all while completing their high school graduation requirements and earning college credits."

Center I launched as a pilot program with 21 students last August, and the students were able to develop a portfolio of work demonstrating what they learned through the program.

Students also have access to additional coursework at their base high school as part of an alternating day rotation, and they remain eligible to participate in extracurricular activities at their base school.

This August, the program will expand to serve as many as 60 students.

Any student who will be a senior in August at one of Albemarle County's four public high schools is eligible to attend.

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