STATEHOUSE—Students, teachers, and administrators from North Daviess Community School Corporation and Oakland City University were recognized Monday by State Rep. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) and his colleagues in the Indiana House of Representatives. North Daviess Jr./Sr. High School has partnered with Oakland City University to provide greater access to higher education opportunities for North Daviess students through a dual-credit program that allows students to work on receiving both their high school diploma and an associate degree.
“When today’s economy demands a more educated workforce, North Daviess is taking the lead by allowing their students to work on postsecondary degrees while they are still in high school,” said Rep. Messmer. “This gives students an advantage over the competition when looking for a job or pursuing additional higher education.”
By taking dual-credit courses sponsored by Oakland City University, North Daviess students have the opportunity to simultaneously earn a high school diploma and an associate degree. Students and their families save on tuition and room and board costs, and graduates are better equipped to enter the workforce or attend college.
In a county where 20 percent of residents 25 years or older hold an associate degree and only 8 percent hold a bachelor’s degree or higher, 27 percent of the class of 2012 will earn a general studies associate degree in May. Five graduating seniors from the North Daviess class of 2012 will be the first members of their families to attend college.
“The educators who have made the extra effort on behalf of their students deserve to be commended. This community will benefit for years to come thanks to a mindset that has taken a proactive approach to education,” said Rep. Messmer.
Editor’s Note: Please see attached photo of State Rep. Mark Messmer on the House floor presenting the resolution honoring students from North Daviess High School.