Purdue Calumet to expand dual credit program to Lake Central HS

Purdue University Calumet is expanding its dual credit program to enable Lake Central High School students to enroll in specified courses and earn both university and high school credit beginning next fall.

The program is similar to one initiated in 2009 at Crown Point High School involving Purdue Calumet and Indiana University Northwest.

The Purdue Calumet-Lake Central agreement will be discussed during a Parents Night program focusing on dual credit at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 27 at Lake Central.

Three Purdue Calumet courses—English 10400 (English Composition I), Sociology 10000 (Introduction to Sociology) and Political Science 10100 (American Government & Politics)—will be offered next fall and spring at Lake Central to qualified juniors and seniors. The courses will utilize the same curricula and syllabi as courses taught at Purdue Calumet. To assure Purdue Calumet standards of quality, a team of university faculty, coordinated by Professor of Communication Lisa Goodnight, is providing training to Lake Central teachers.

“The Lake Central High School faculty and administration are committed to offering quality courses with the same rigor and curriculum of Purdue Calumet courses,” Goodnight said. “We all believe this partnership will increase opportunities for higher education and workforce readiness for Lake Central students as it has at Crown Point High School.”

To enroll in any of the three-credit hour classes, upper class Lake Central students must be recommended by their guidance counselor. Tuition of $294.36 per class ($98.12 per credit hour) will be assessed each student. Satisfactory completion of any of the dual credit courses will earn the students high school credit plus three hours of credit at Purdue Calumet or other colleges/universities.

“We are honored to establish a dual credit partnership with Purdue Calumet,” Lake Central High School Principal Robert McDermott said. “We firmly believe the relationship we have established will strengthen our curriculum and improve our instruction. Ultimately, our students will benefit from the enhanced rigor in our courses and the opportunity to earn college credit at a reduced rate.”