Its an early start for some bright and motivated teens as college classes for high school students are a popular alternative on Friday mornings for some kids.
Most of Garfield Count School District Re-2 teens are sleeping Friday mornings, as the district has a four day week. However, two dozen fellow students are getting a jump start on college and careers.
A new approach to concurrent enrollment has developed at Colorado Mountain College, with the establishment of a new Career Academy at the Rifle Campus. The program takes advantage of the four day a week schedule, but students from other area high schools with a five day schedule are making it work as well.
The Solar Engineering and Early Childhood Education tracks are totally full, and have a waiting list.
Campus dean Rachel Pokrandt had some doubts initially about student willingness to participate, but now finds that there is new energy on campus on normally quiet Fridays. “We weren’t sure they’d take us up on coming to school on Friday,” she said. “It says something that they’re willing to give us their day off.”