At Will Rogers College High School, the high school students pass college algebra before graduation, allowing them to have a head start at overcoming a major barrier.
For the first time since Rogers began offering college level algebra through a partnership with Tulsa Community College, no student have withdrawn from the course. School officials believe that having zero withdrawals was partly achieved through support from a program called Credits Count, which provided people to work with the students in the classroom. The program is funded by a grant from the American Electric Power Foundation. Â The course was free for five students who would have had to pay full tuition as a result of being enrolled in two other college-level courses.
The struggle to pass college level math courses is often the obstacle keeping students from completing college, according to Tulsa Community College spokeswoman Nicole Burgin.
â€śItâ€™s a lot more work being in the college environment with the college standards and the college work. Itâ€™s just a lot more,â€ť said 17 year old Tayler Alexander. â€śAnd people graduating (from high school) might not necessarily understand that if they donâ€™t take concurrent classes and they just get directly pushed into the college world, they might be overwhelmed.â€ť