Every year, approximately 60 percent of Scott County High School students enroll in college. Only half of those students actually earn their degree. As a result, just 34 percent of Scott County residents have a two or four year college degree, according to the Council on Postsecondary Education. A partnership between BCTC and Scott County Public Schools aims to raise that percentage.
In fall 2011, BCTC began an Early College Program, based out of Elkhorn Crossing School in Georgetown. This program allows high school students to earn college credit at half the normal tuition rate. In its first semester, Early College has enrolled 37 students, 11 of whom are the first member of their families to take college classes. By taking two classes in the fall semester and three in the spring, these students can graduate high school with 15 hours of college credit already under their belts.
To make college a possibility for motivated students who cannot afford the cost of tuition, a scholarship campaign is underway to benefit Scott County residents – especially those in the Early College Program. At the Scott County Chamber of Commerce meeting on November 14, Dr. Augusta Julian announced that Dr. Dallas Blankenship, Chamber President and former Scott County Superintendent, will chair the fundraising campaign. The scholarship will be awarded to Scott County students who demonstrate financial need, have a minimum 2.5 GPA, and are active in their schools or the community.