The College of Southern Idaho is launching a pilot program next school year allowing high school students to take college science classes for free.
Dubbed the “Dual Credit General Education Academy,” twenty-five students from across the Magic Valley will be able to take all of their gen-ed courses in the two year program.
The Times News says high school students already make up about half the student population at CSI.
The program, which if successfully completed will net students 40 college credits, came about as a way to help identify bright high schoolers who would be a good fit for STEM majors. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
Typically, each college credit costs $130; for students in the Dual Credit Academy, those fees will be covered by the CSI Foundation and the state's Fast Forward Program. The only thing participants in the program will pay for are school supplies and textbooks.
Classes begin in June. Interested students in the Magic Valley have until May 19 to apply for a slot in the academy.
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