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Collaboration leads to college credit course at Kingswood

Collaboration brings Lakes Region Commumity College (LRCC) Course opportunity for Kingswood Regional High School students and adults in the extended community. Collaborators involved in making this first ever offering possible at the Lakes Region Technology Center (LRTC) in Wolfeboro are (L-R) Kingswood Regional High School (KRHS) guidance counselor Lara Crane, LRTC Principal Bruce Farr, LRCC Interim VP of Academic and Student Affairs Rick Underbakke, Wolfeboro Area Chamber of Commerce Education Committee Chairman Aaron Morrissey, and KRHS English teacher Sylvie Essex. (Photo by Elissa Paquette) (click for larger version)
January 17, 2019
WOLFEBORO — It will be possible for adults and qualified Kingswood Regional High School students to earn college credits for a Lakes Region Community College (LRCC) English Composition Course right in Wolfeboro – no commute to the college campus in Laconia, as of Jan. 24.

Lakes Region Technology Center (LRTC) Principal Bruce Farr welcomes the collaboration with the LRCC, Kingswood Regional High School, and the Wolfeboro Area Chamber of Commerce (WACC) that allows this first offering in what he hopes will be an impetus for more such educational opportunities to residents north of the lake.

Speaking across the table from Aaron Morrissey, Chairman of the WACC's Education Committee, in the Kingswood Media Center's "The Plex," he gives Morrissey credit for bringing up the idea about four years ago. It's an idea whose time has finally come. As for Morrisey, in his view, making it possible to earn college credits closer to home supports the local work force.

The course will be taught by Kingswood English teacher Sylvie Essex in The Plex, a classroom equiped with Smart Boards for interactive communication and access to the resources offered by the LRCC. As Farr sees it, the course gives students currently in high school a chance to mix with adults in the greater community and gain a taste of the academic rigor of a college course.

Kingswood Guidance Counselor Lara Crane says the application process includes an Accuplacer test for students age 18 and older, which the LRTC will administer at no cost. She shares that she's really hoping to have some Kingswood alums who have "melted" into the community without further education respond to the chance to return to the classroom.

The tuition is half the usual cost for high school students, says Rick Underbakke, LRCC Interim VP of Academic and Student Affairs. The four credits cost $860 for adults, so students will pay $430. Underbakke says the credits are transferable to other colleges.

Crane is pleased for area students to gain access to college level courses, something that is readily accessible in more highly populated areas. This is a chance for adults to restart their education here in the North Country. The 16-week course will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:45 to 4:45 p.m. beginning on Jan. 24. More information is available by calling the high school's main office at 569-2055.

Martin Lord Osman
Tiffany Eddy
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