NORWICH – Collaborative efforts between the Norwich high school and the SUNY Morrisville Norwich campus are bringing something new to the table for high school juniors and seniors this year and according to school officials, it’s benefitting students, the college and the community as a whole.
The high school and SUNY Morrisville are working with Chenango County in a joint undertaking for the first time to offer students college level courses. Students’ tuition is covered by funding extracted from the county budget while the Norwich City School District picks up the tab for textbooks and the college waives any additional fees – nearly an $800 per course value for prospective college students. The same arrangement has also been made for students at Otselic Valley Central School. The initiative began in September and thus far, said school officials, all is going well.
According to Morrisville Norwich Campus Dean Marsha Cornelius, the new offering is ideal for increasing college enrollment while also serving as a prelude of the college workload students can expect as they pursue higher education. At the same time, collaboration between the school and the college serves as a “win-win” for students and the community, she said. “It creates a better sense of community when the college can work with the school. As long as the county is supportive, we will grow and offer this at other high schools in the county,” she said. “I’m very pleased in how this has worked out this year. There were a few glitches early in the year but it’s now running more smoothly.”