School officials say this new program will prepare students for the work-force faster and save their parents some big money.
"With a rigorous curriculum and they should be job ready," said Dan Ulrich with the Southwest Indiana Career and Technical Center.
With the expansion of the Early College Program to include career and technical education, students who complete the program will leave high school with their diploma, industry certification, and an associates degree.
"Their freshman and sophomore year, they'll go a half day to our classes at Ivy Tech and a half day to their home high school. The junior and senior year, they will go a half day at Ivy Tech and the other half at our Career and Technical Center taking the automotive, welding, and the other programs that will be offered there," said Wendy McNamera with the Early College High School.
The cost, school officials say, is much lower than what traditional students would pay at college. Only $50 per credit hour at Ivy Tech.
"The ones that are enrolled have already saved their parents $16,000 just this year in costs alone," McNamera said.
Once those students receive their associates degree, if they would like they could take those credits they've earned to a four-year university.
The new program is the first of its kind in southwestern Indiana. It will start in the fall of next year.
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