Credit where credit is due

A recent blurb at the very bottom of the editorial page in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel acknowledges an oversight in a previous editorial, where the paper praises the UW System for launching a new dual enrollment program and simultaneously urges the technical colleges to follow suit and expand options for high school students.

What the editorial board apparently didn't realize is that the technical colleges have offered dual enrollment programs for the past 30 years through programs like Youth Options and Youth Apprenticeships.

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Better late than never, this more recent editorial explains not only the long-standing existence of the dual enrollment program offered the Wisconsin Technical College System, but credits the technical colleges for showing national leadership in this realm:

"In applauding a dual enrollment agreement this week between the University of Wisconsin and the state's high schools, we urged that the agreement be expanded to include the technical college system. Turns out such a system already exists, and has for years, benefiting thousands of Wisconsin high school students by giving them technical college credits for courses they take in high school. The tech school system's Career Pathways model is so successful that officials will be sharing it with their national colleagues in Washington, D.C., next week, who want to learn more about the Wisconsin model. Now what's needed is a program to expand the number of technical courses in the state's high schools." (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Our View, June 15, 2012).

Just as we feel high school students who have the initiative and work ethic to take college courses in high school are deserving of the credit they receive, we appreciate the nod toward Wisconsin's technical colleges, for offering these dual enrollment programs for the past 30 years. And we're glad for the opportunity to remind people that this opportunity, which has provided college credits for over 117,000 high school students over the past ten years, has been and will continue as a key part of Wisconsin's technical education programs.