Eau Claire (WQOW) – Eau Claire high school students can now earn a free associate degree, alongside their high school diploma.
Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) has teamed up with the Eau Claire Area School District (ECASD) to embed business management classes into the high school curriculum. It’s free, saving parents and students more than $11,000. Classes will be taught online and in-person at the high school, instructed by CVTC faculty.
Students can start as early as freshman year.
“Students are hopefully getting more of an idea of what they’re interested in as they’re starting high school,” said Lynette Livingston, executive dean at CVTC. “They can take advantage of the courses already being offered at their high school that they regularly would have likely taken in their schedule, and simply enhance those each year.”
Dean Livingston said the program can prepare students for the workplace, or those interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree following high school graduation.
“We see that high school students are very excited to get on with their lives, to get their training, to be able to enter the adult world,” said Superintendent Mary Ann Hardeback of ECASD.
CVTC is the first technical college in the state to offer this type of program. Just two years ago, CVTC started with the River Falls Area School District, with about 30 students taking part in the program.
There will be student information sessions next week, followed by an information session at CVTC the following week. More information on those session can be found in the PDF below.