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St. Patrick, Bryan Station students visit Early College Program

Photo: Students from Bryan Station High SchoolStudents from Maysville's St. Patrick and Lexington's Bryan Station high schools visited the Morehead State University campus as part of the Early College program on Monday, Dec. 4.

More than 60 high and technical schools offered MSU classes during the fall semester with nearly 3,000 high school students participating in the program.

“This program is truly a win-win opportunity. Students get to earn college credit for as part of the Kentucky Dual Credit Scholarship program and parents have less financial burden for a college education and schools get challenging new courses which fully optimize the talents of their high schools,” said Joel Pace, director of early college programs.

Students are more prepared for college success by doing college level academic work during their junior and senior years of high school.

Photo: Students from St. Patrick High SchoolEach course offered at the high school has the approximate cost savings of $1,000 per student while also allowing students to graduate from college up to a year semester or more sooner.

Qualifying students are given the opportunity to prepare for the future while attending high school. In the program, students may enroll in a course taught in their high school and receive college credit for successful completion. The program allows qualified high school faculty, who meet accreditation standards, to teach the University courses.

School systems taking part are Bath, Boyd, Breathitt, Bullitt, Carter, Clark, Estill, Fayette, Fleming, Floyd, Grant, Jefferson, Jessamine, Johnson, Lawrence, Lewis, Martin, Mason, Mercer, Montgomery, Morgan, Oldham, Pike, Powell, Rowan, Shelby, and Wolfe and Woodford counties; as well as Ashland Blazer, Fairview, Jackson, Lexington Christian, Raceland, Rose Hill, Russell, Somerset, St. Patrick’s independents; and Lakeside Christian.

Additional information is available by calling Pace at 606-783-2995 or you can find an application at

Pictured above, top: Students from Bryan Station High School.
Pictured above, bottom: Students from St. Patrick High School.