Exciting Opportunity for Current 8th and 9th Grade Students - Dual Enrollment Course Available!

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope this email finds you well. I am writing to share an exciting opportunity that we have made available to current 8th and 9th-grade students at Windber School this summer. 

I am thrilled to announce that we have partnered with Pennsylvania Highlands Community College to offer a 1-credit course for our students. This course, titled "ACP 100 - Academic and Career Planning," is designed to provide students with a solid foundation for planning and professionalism to successfully navigate their educational and career goals. It is a fantastic way for our students to begin thinking about dual enrollment, post-secondary options, and career readiness.

Penn Highlands Community College representatives will be visiting Windber in the near future to speak with our students about this opportunity. However, I wanted to make you aware of it in advance so that you can talk to your child about this opportunity.  

Here are some key details about the course:

  • Course Title: ACP 100 - Academic and Career Planning
  • Duration: 5 weeks, from June 10th to July 11th
  • Class Schedule: Tuesday mornings from 9:00 am to 11:30 am
  • Location: Pennsylvania Highlands Community College
  • Transportation: Parents will need to transport their child to and from the college for the course. Please contact me directly if transportation is a concern.

We are pleased to share that there is no fee for this course, as we have received a generous donation from First Commonwealth Bank to cover all expenses. We only have limited funds available and will look at the level of interest to decide who is eligible for this opportunity based on a myriad of factors including but not limited to attendance, grades, and behavior.  

It's important to note that this is a college-level course, and students will earn college credit. Participation in the course will be reflected on their college transcripts. Thus, students and parents must understand the commitment involved. Missing classes or failing the course could potentially hurt future college admissions and/or financial aid. With that in mind, this is not only for college-bound students.  Students who are interested in an associate degree, vocational programming, and or some additional postsecondary training should consider applying as well. 

This initiative is part of our ongoing efforts to increase program offerings and opportunities for our students. We believe it will provide valuable insights into academic and career planning, aiding in the overall development of our students.

We encourage you to discuss this opportunity with your child and consider the potential benefits it may offer them in terms of academic and career preparedness. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly. If you are interested in your child being considered for the Summer course, please click here to complete a brief survey so we can compile a list of interested students. 

Thank you for your continued support as we strive to enhance the educational experience for our students.

Best regards,

Mr. Michael J. Vuckovich

Superintendent of Schools