University of Alaska Fairbanks introduces college credit program for high school students

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) The University of Alaska Fairbanks is introducing a new program to its curriculum and it’s the only one of its kind in the state of Alaska.

Owen Guthrie, Executive Director of the eCampus advantage program. (Carly Sjordal/KTVF)

The eCampus Advantage program allows high school students to take online college courses that count for both high school and college credit.

As of Monday, when the fall semester started, there are more than 100 high school students enrolled.

There are over 40 courses offered including Personal Finance, Fish and Fisheries in a Changing World and more.

Owen Guthrie, Executive Director of the eCampus, says this program is an affordable way to give students a head start.

“Education is our passion. We really want to offer these opportunities to Alaskan students. By offering them duel enrollment opportunities we help soften the barriers between high school and university. So if they get 6 or 10 or 40 credits college credits while they’re in high school it helps them to get a head start on college and understand that college is a very doable thing.” Said Guthrie.

Guthrie also asserted that this could be an incentive for Alaskan students to stay in state for their education.

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