By LeAnn R. Ralph
BOYCEVILLE — The Boyceville Board of Education has given approval for five high school students to enroll in two programs that will allow them to earn college credit while they are still in high school.
The state has developed two new programs that replace Youth Options, said Steve Glocke, Boyceville high school and middle school principal, at the Boyceville school board’s meeting Monday night, March 19.
One program is named the Early College Credit Program for university classes, and the other, designed to allow students to earn technical college credit, is called Start College Now.
Glocke noted that while the students have indicated an interest in taking certain classes at the university or technical college level, they may not be able to schedule all of the classes due to college class enrollment limits, Boyceville High School graduation requirements and time conflicts.
The Boyceville school board must pre-approve the credits, however, in order for the program to be financially supported by the school district, he said.
Under Early College Credit, students are allowed to take up to 18 college credits.
The first student who will enroll in college classes next fall plans to attend classes in Companion Animals (three credits) and Introduction to Animal Science (three credits) at UW-River Falls.
According to information provided to the Boyceville school board, the student plans to pursue Veterinary Science.
The total cost for the six college credits is expected to be $1,920.
The second ECC student plans to attend college classes at UW-Stout and would like to take general education courses in engineering, psychology and science, for a total of up to six credits, and at a cost of $1,920.
The specific class titles are not yet known because the universities and tech colleges have not finalized their class lists for next fall, Glocke noted.
Under Start College Now, students also are allowed to earn up to 18 credits.
The first student plans to attend classes at the Chippewa Valley Technical College and is interested in classes related to EMT training (five credits) and medical terminology (three credits).
The project cost for the eight credits is $1,520.
The second student also plans to attend Chippewa Valley Technical College and would like to take Animal Science Management classes.
The cost for six credits is expected to be $1,140.
The third student is interested in Mechanical Design Concepts, Solid Modeling and Basic CAD at Chippewa Valley Technical College.
The total cost for eight credits is $1,520.
In other business, the Boyceville Board of Education:
• Learned the school district currently has nine applicants for the Business Education position that will be vacant upon Connie Becker’s retirement.
• Learned spring sports have started and track has more than 30 participants while girls’ softball has 18 team members. Baseball began Monday and was expected to have a good number of participants as well. The first games, meets and scrimmages will start as early as March 22 for track, March 23 for softball and March 27 for baseball, weather permitting.
• Learned a career fair for middle school students is scheduled April 11, and to date, 20 presenters from a variety of professions and careers will be attending the event. Tim Sempf, president of the Board of Education, noted he will be one of the presenters.
• Learned fifth graders will be presenting their inventions March 22 at 2 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m.
• Learned the spring concert for grades 3 to 5 will be April 9 at 7 p.m.