MOVING ON UP: CCHS articulates higher education values

COLUMBIA CITY — With a focus on academic success and college-readiness, the Whitley County Consolidated Schools’ Board of School Trustees heard a presentation on progress in those areas at Columbia City High School and Eagle Tech Academy.Jennifer Reiff, CCHS principal; Lyle Kuhmichel, CCHS assistant principal; Kyle Nelson, CCHS dean of students and Brady Mullet, Eagle Tech Academy principal gave the presentation.A current focus for those schools is preparing students for college. There are different diploma options for students at the high school level. There is an honors diploma, the core 40 diploma and the general high school diploma.Another part of the college-preparation agenda is offering dual-credit opportunities for students. Currently the district has dual-credit with three institutions of higher learning: Ivy Tech, Trine University and IPFW.The presenters also stressed the importance of attempting to earn an honors or core 40 diploma, as the administrators consider those who achieve a general diploma as not being as workforce-ready as their other colleagues. CCHS has seen an increase in recent years in the number of students graduating with honors or core 40 as opposed to general.Mullet continued by explaining that, as part of CCHS, Eagle Tech is preparing students for the workforce by offering project-based learning (PBL) opportunities. This includes students doing floor plan designs in geometry and studying the bicycle trail at Morches Park for a Biocommunication class. This integration of skills will help students be ready for their careers, along with four years of math and science courses that are offered.For a more in-depth look at this story, see the Feb. 1 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook.