School board OKs new ECE courses

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REGION 16 — Woodland Regional High School students will have a few more opportunities to earn University of Connecticut credit starting next school year.

The Region 16 Board of Education, which oversees schools in Beacon Falls and Prospect, approved three additional UConn Early College Experience courses — ECE music appreciation, ECE seminar in writing through literature, and ECE environmental science — at its Oct. 14 meeting.

UConn Early College Experience is a concurrent enrollment program that allows high school students to take UConn courses at their high schools for high school and college credit, Woodland Assistant Principal Dana Mulligan explained. Every course is equivalent to the same course at UConn, and high school instructors who have been certified through the University of Connecticut serve as adjunct faculty members and teach the courses.

The high school currently offers ECE Italian and ECE United States history I and II. Currently, 64 Woodland students are enrolled in the classes, Woodland Principal Kurt Ogren said.

Students pay to take the courses. The cost of a class is $125 for a three-credit course and $160 for a four-credit course, Mulligan said.

The cost for the region to add the three new courses next year is roughly $6,500, Superintendent of Schools Michael Yamin said. The cost includes materials and curriculum writing, he said.