College credit program, FFA coming to Coupeville

High school principal Duanne Baumann discussed new programs he hopes to bring to the middle and high school this fall. 2017 Whidbey News-Times file photo

The staff at Coupeville School District is working this summer to bring new programs for students come fall.

High school principal Duane Baumann asked the school board Monday night to approve bringing College in the Classroom to the high school.

“This kind of opens up a big area where kids can receive college credits while taking classes,” Baumann said. “We’d like to pilot one class — precalculus — and see if we have to change our curriculum.”

Through the program, students will be able to earn up to 10 credits through Central Washington University.

But everything else is Coupeville’s teacher, Coupeville’s program, Baumann said.

It’s a huge bargain for students who want to participate. The cost is $45 per credit opposed to the $450 it costs per credit to take it at the college.

One teacher has already been approved to teach precalculus and Baumann said the school is looking at Spanish and statistics as well.

“If this works, we’d like to branch out,” he said.

In order to participate, students will have to pass a placement test.

Board member Christie Sears asked about whether or not there was some kind of program to help cover the cost for students who can’t afford the cost. Baumann said there were some options the district can explore.

In addition to the college credit program, Coupeville High School and Middle School is also working to officially start a chapter of FFA — Future Farmers of America.

This year, 17 students signed up and attended an event in Mount Vernon.

“FFA also provides the essential leadership component to several of our CTE (Career in Technical Education) courses,” he said. “This program also will assist our school with its leadership component that is required for CTE frameworks of courses that we offer.”

Currently, the district is in contact with the FFA association, and a teacher already familiar with the organization is working to get the chapter started.

“Then we will ask current students who joined the program last year and invite any other students to join our chapter,” Baumann said.

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