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Local High School Students Enrolled at UW-RF
By Justine Benzen
UW-RF News Bureau
MARCH 24, 2005--Thirty-nine students from area high schools are jump-starting
their college careers, taking college-level courses at UW-River Falls
through a Wisconsin program known as Youth Options.
The Youth Options program opens the door to greater learning opportunities
for students who are considering technical careers, students wishing to
begin college early, or students who want to prepare to enter the workforce
immediately after high school graduation.
According to UW-RF Assistant Director of Admissions George Hansen, the
program allows junior- or senior-level students to apply to their home
school district to take university courses. Typically they take classes
that their high school doesn't offer or advanced courses if they have
already taken all the courses offered in a subject at their home school.
If the school board approves the course, the student does not have to
pay tuition, and the student will receive both high school and postsecondary
credit for a successfully completed course.
Students can take a maximum of 18 credits through the Youth Options program.
Once a student reaches the credit limit, the student is responsible for
tuition for any additional college courses taken while still in high school.
If a student fails or withdraws from a Youth Options program course, the
student must reimburse the local school district for the cost of the course.
"Students must be in the top quarter of their high school class before
being admitted to the University, and there must be space available,"
said Hansen. "University students in degree programs are given priority
for course registration."
The most common courses that Youth Options program students take are in
foreign language, mathematics and geology. Students have also taken courses
in animal science, English, environmental science and management, economics,
history, music theory, philosophy and psychology.
Students generally take one or two courses per semester at the University,
while continuing to take required courses at their high school.
Students enrolled in the Youth Options program from Ellsworth High school
include: Jared Hines, Anne Janisch, Brittney Nelson and Corie Reeck.
Students from Hudson High school include: Janna Fosterling, Bryan Heth,
Rebecca Roeglin, Derek Schlei, Jeffrey Talsness, Rebecca Van Den Meerendonk
and Brady Wernlund.
Students from River Falls High school include: Gloria Anderson, Christine
Berres, Robert Hagen, Chelsey Hauk, Blake Hawthorne, David Heller, Travis
Johnson, Marissa Marple, Jesse Rees, Thomas Rusterholz, Ashley Schorn
and Tascha Stanaitis.
Students from St. Croix Central High School include: Kristine Brunshidle,
Aaron Huberty and Aaron Kaltenberg.
Students from Somerset High School include: Michael Booher, Caitlin Dulon,
Travis Lippman, Jacob Mitchell, Brian Plourde, Mary Ann Plourde, Catherine
Schmitt and Kendra Steinlicht.
Richard Schiell from Amery High School is enrolled the program along with
Christopher Balow from New Richmond High School, Erika Soltis from Osceola
High School, Angela Mitchell from Pepin High School, and Krista Stenerson
from Prescott High School.
For more information on the Youth Options program at UW-RF contact George
Hansen at 715/425-3500. Students and parents may also contact their high
school counselor or call the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
Tuesday, 22-Jun-2010 16:21:21 Central Daylight Time