Embry-Riddle, Chandler Unified School District Partner For Dual Enrollment Program
Phoenix, AZ, January 25, 2013
Today Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott, Arizona and Worldwide Campuses and the Chandler Unified School District announced a partnership for a dual enrollment program for high school students to enhance access to career and technical education beginning in August 2013.
Embry-Riddle is the world’s largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace. The Prescott, Arizona residential campus offers degree programs in Engineering, Aviation, Business, Global Security, and the Sciences. The Embry-Riddle Worldwide online campus, serves more than 150 global locations. Chandler Unified School District is located in the Southeastern part of the Phoenix, Arizona metropolitan area and serves 40,200 students in grades K-12.
The dual enrollment program forges a concrete partnership, which allows academically qualified high school students to take entry-level college courses at various Chandler Unified School District High School locations and an online modality. The dual credits will be accepted at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and transferrable to all in-state universities, as well as other institutions outside of Arizona.
“We are extremely excited about the dual enrollment program,” said Dr. Frank Ayers, Chancellor of Embry-Riddle’s Prescott, Arizona Campus. “We believe this offering is a great opportunity for high school students to get an introduction to university level coursework, earn credit towards a degree.”
Dual enrollment courses will be taught by trained high school teachers who are approved to teach college-level courses by the appropriate Embry-Riddle academic department, with continuing professional development from high schools in the Chandler Unified School District. The courses will focus on high school juniors and seniors, but will be open to younger students as well. The online modality will also be offered through Embry-Riddle via the Worldwide Campus for Microeconomics and Macroeconomics.
The relationship offers several dual enrollment classes including; Introduction to Engineering, Introduction to Computing for Engineers, Computer-Aided Conceptual Design of Aerospace Systems, Digital Circuit Design, Digital Circuit Laboratory, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Space Transportation Systems, Space Stations Systems and Operations.
“Students in this program will be introduced to internships and other resources before entering a higher education institution,” said Dr. John R. Watret, Chancellor of Embry-Riddle’s Worldwide Campus. “The new dual enrollment program will accelerate students’ ability to earn college-level credits, reduce the cost of obtaining a college degree, and increase the readiness of high school graduates for either college or the workplace.”
About Chandler Unified School District
Chandler Unified School District is a school district in Chandler, Arizona, USA, that serves most of the city of Chandler, plus portions of Gilbert, and Queen Creek. The district serves over 31,000 students.
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