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BEATRICE – The Southeast Nebraska Career Academy Partnership is growing, and so is the level of college credit courses being taken by high school students.

Director of SENCAP, Dr. Randy Nelson says of 44 high schools in the service area of Southeast Community College, only a handful don’t participate in the project.

Nelson says SENCAP has put together information on the career academy and the dual credit advantage program, over the past five years.

Nelson, meeting with the SCC Board in Milford Tuesday, said the SENCAP program has registered a 139% growth in student participation over the past five years, and will add six more high schools to the partnership, this next year.

Most of the career academy courses are wrapped up for this year, as the school year comes to an end.  Dr. Nelson says 843 students from 37 schools took 1,388 dual credit courses, which amounts to a total of over 5,700 college credit hours.

Courses offered through SENCAP are career-oriented, in areas such as business, health, agriculture, welding, I.T. and manufacturing.  Over 60 courses are offered for students in the SENCAP program.

Nelson says research indicates that students who are more career-focused, stand a better chance of success in completing a two-year, or four-year college degree.  SENCAP offers field trips, job shadowing, as well as resume and cover letter design help for students.

[Source: News Channel Nebraska, 05.2017 | Keywords: College, Tech programs, Technicians]