Friends University enhances partnership with Wichita Public Schools

Updated: Jun. 16, 2021 at 4:09 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Friends University announced that it is enhancing a partnership with Wichita Public Schools. The university specifically is enhancing the district’s Early College Academy (ECA) program to include a $13,000 scholarship to Friends for ECA students upon high school graduation.

The Early College Academy program allows selected Northwest High School students to take college classes for dual credit. It is designed to promote access and opportunity for more students to graduate with a college degree, Friends University explained. Students in the program have the chance to graduate high school with 50 to 60 college credits. This allows them to start college as a third-year student.

“This program is designed to give students the opportunity to earn dual credits and gain practical experience in high school while getting a head start on their college career,” said Dr. Preston Todd, associate academic dean at Friends University. “We are thrilled to be able to provide an excellent learning experience and a transformative educational experience for these young people. They are the next generation of professionals, and it is an honor to be a part of their higher education journey that begins at Friends University.”

For students entering the eighth grade in the upcoming school year (2021-2022), the Early College Academy will be accepting applications beginning in December, 2021.

For additional information on the Friends University ECA partnership with Wichita Public Schools, visit the Northwest High School website here or visit the Friends University website here.

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