Dual enrollment offers IR students an opportunity


High schools across the nation have long had programs in place that offered gifted students the opportunity to take college-level courses off-site to both challenge those students with more difficult work, and prepare them for what will be waiting for them when they move on to college.

It really was a win-win-win situation for the students, as they also were able to earn college credits, and as anybody who went to college can tell you, any credits are good credits.

The University of Delaware has had a unique dual enrollment program with some high schools in the state for about a decade. This program allows students in those high schools to take college-level classes without having to leave their schools to do it. Indian River High School students who qualify will now be able to take advantage of this opportunity, with the chance to earn three English 110 college credits in the process.

“English 110 is mandatory for all [UD] students,” said Indian River Principal Bennett Murray. “If our students can gather that before leaving high school, they’ll be prepared for all their classes.”

Students at Indian River have already had the opportunity to participate in Academic Challenge, a program that allowed for students to travel to Delaware Technical & Community College to attend UD courses, and it is indeed an excellent program. However, this is an opportunity for students to ease into that transition in more comfortable and familiar surroundings, and that is never a bad thing.

The cost of this program is an estimated $620, not an easy figure for every student to come up with, for sure. But the Indian River School District will foot that bill for the students, at least initially, providing even more access to more people.

School is supposed to prepare students for whatever comes next in their lives. This is yet another example of Indian River High School students getting that preparation.

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Of course, things aren’t always perfect, and that heroin problem local police chiefs have been talking about over the past year or so is becoming more and more prevalent by the day.

This week, the Delaware State Police Sussex County Drug Unit arrested six people in the Millsboro area after several months of investigation for various weapons and drug charges, including the distribution of heroin. The six ranged in age from 23 to 32 years old, and during the arrests, more than 300 bags of heroin were discovered, according to police.

We could be happy that 300-plus bags of heroin are off the street, but it should also serve notice that this problem is only growing.