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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - February 6, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Vol 143 No 154 KOKOMO Kokomo Ind Sunday Feb 6 1994 Curriculum policy OKd at TriCentral Students can earn high school college credits By LISA FIPPS Tribune Tipton Bureau SHARPSVILLE Ind Through the adoption of a new curriculum policy the school board and administration at Tri Central High School opened a door of opportunity for its stu dents Now its up to the students to take advantage of that opportuni ty According to Superintendent Harry Day on Jan 24 the board approved a policy he calls an articulation agreement Basically with the articulation agreement TriCentral students can receive high school and college credit for classes taken at IVY Tech and Indiana University Kokomo if certain prerequisites are met Those prerequisites are that the course a student wishes to take must be approved by the institu tion IVY Tech or IUK and Northerns administration Day said He is hopeful students will be able to take dual credit courses beginning with the 19941995 school year Taylor has been offering dual credit for a year now Probably a relatively small number are going to be involved at but it does give us the capability of offering a number of The courses include those that TriCentral currently doesnt offer For example Day said if a stu dent wanted to take advanced technology classes but Northern did not offer them because of lim ited interest or lack of equipment that student might be able to take the classes at IVY Tech Such agreements allow corpora tions such as Northern to even up the difference between large systems and the small Day said With enrollments of 516 in grades seven through 12 and 503 in elementary school grades Northern is the smallest school corporation in Tipton and Howard counties But limited offerings in curricu lum are not a problem for just small school corporations Day noted a large school system in Merrillyille in northern Indiana near Chicago was only able to increase its offering of language classes through the Indiana High er Education Telecommunication System a cable network sub scribed to by many Hoosier schools Another curriculum door Northerns board opened was agreeing in 1993 to subscribe to IHETS We havent had anybody use IHETS yet We thought we were going to have a couple of kids take a course but they Day said IHETS in collaboration with seven institutions of higher educa tion offers various classes includ ing Russian Chinese and advanced biology Ball State University Indiana University Bloomington Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis IVY Tech Purdue University Indiana State Univer sity and Vincennes University participate in IHETS With IHETS an instructor from one of the universities teaches via television however a high school teacher stays in the classroom to supervise arid administer exams Dualcredit ram under way at Taylor By LISA FIPPS Tribune staff writer This year nearly a dozen Taylor Community School Corp stu dents took advantage of the cur riculum opportunities opened by that systems dualcredit pro gram Superintendent Damon Peigh Said six students took advantage of Taylors postsecondary enroll ment policy last semester Five are taking courses at IVY Tech this semester So far the classes approved for dual credit are speech English advanced sociol ogy and beginning computer instruction The 19931994 school year is the first term for Taylors dualcredit program Students interested in dual cred it must pass entrance exams at the institution of higher learning which they want to attend he said The Taylor dualcredit policy allows students to attend IVY Tech Indiana UniversityKokomo or Purdue Programs at Kokomo During the 19921993 school year 25 juniors took an IVY Tech admissions exam and 13 passed according to Peigh He said students need the expo sure of the college setting before high school graduation to help eliminate fears and make career choices We graduate many kids each spring who have no idea what they want to do with their lives We have to create an avenue for them that will get them started in collegelevel work and build their Offering dual credit gives stu dents exposure to the college envi ronment an environment Wgh schools simply cannot duplicate he said College is a completely different environment than nigh school and therefore takes a completely dif ferent attitude to be successful he said If we can create that attitude change then potentially theyll stay in school after high school Taylor pays the IVY Tech tuition for those taking dualcredit class es giving parents a chance to save a little money Peigh said Part of the success of the program hinges on parental acceptance and inter est Peigh said another benefit for the dualcredit program at Taylor schools is the availability of tech nological equipment at for exam ple IVYTech Although no Taylor students have taken any high tech cours es a part of the dualcredit pro gram Peigh noted at least now theres an open door to arrange such classes in the future Early on we school officials realized public schools werent going to nave the money to sup ply all the technological equip ment students need For kids growing up in a tech nological public schools cant supply all of their needs Its not our intent that we transfer the high school curriculum responsi bility to IVY Tech but we want to plant the seeds with our high school seniors that college work is something they can do For almost 10 years Eastern Howard School Corp in Green town and IUK have offered dual credit through the Bridge to Col lege program According to Fred Oyler guid ance director the program allows high school seniors to take a beginning collegelevel English course IUK trained Easterns English staff chairman to teach the class Eastern requires students to be in the upper onefifth of their graduating class and they must pass a screening test Oyler said because of extracur ricular activities students could nt take the class at night It was also not feasible given the high schools class schedules for stu dents to go every other day as was offered by IUK So students participating in the program receive instruction at Eastern Those who take the class for dual credit must pay IUK tuition but those who enroll just for the experience dont pay Oyler noted the majority of our students take the class for the experience not the According to Steve Healy high school principal at Eastern the corporation is now considering offering dual credit with other col leges who have articulation agree ments with other colleges so that students can be assured their credits transfer He said Easterns also considering dual credit with technical schools Right now high school ends and students take the next step to college Wed like to make that not a step but more of a The obstacle Healy said is get ting colleges to agree to accept credit from other colleges Officials at KokomoCenter Northwestern Western and Tip ton Community school corpora tions said they are also either con sidering or have already implemented similar dual credit programs and articulation agree ments Driving it home Kokomos Debbie Benziger goes around a Basketball Sectional scored 22 points and block set by Taylors Jamie Frisch in the had eight rebounds Frisch joined her on the Lady Wildkats5233 sectional championship alltournament team with 14 points and 11 victory Saturday night in Memorial Gymnasi rebounds For more on the game turn to um Benziger the Kokomo Tribunes most Page 21 valuable player in the Northwestern Girls Tribune photo by Tim Bath Skating group calls for hearing COLORADO SPRINGS Colo AP Tonya Hardings plea to remain on the Olympic team took on heightened desperation Satur day when a figure skating panel unanimously found rea sonable grounds to believe she was involved with the attack on Nancy Kerrigan The Figure tion called for a disciplinary hear ing against Harding but stopped short of kicking her off the Olympic team Instead the associ ationpassed the decision on to the USOC along with nearly 400 pages of affidavits court docu ments and other evidence gath ered independently by the panel The ball is back in the USOCs said Bill chairman of the fivemember panel and former USOC president In Lillehammer Norway where the Olympics begin next Saturday the USOC said it was considering convening its Games Administra tion Board within two weeks to determine Hardings status on the team We want to consider the total preparation of our team The 14 days will allow for enough time to take any action by the Harvey Schiller executive direc tor of the USOC said at a news conference in Lillehammer No changes can be made to the womens figure skating team after Feb 21 two days before the start of the event The USFSA ordered Harding to appear before a disciplinary hear ing but she has 30 days to respond If she does not respond the hearing will be set for March 9 more than a week after the Olympics end Harding could then be blocked from competing in the March 22 World Champi onships in Japan After the announcement Hard ing left her Portland apart ment without Grissom wont pursue jobs training center PERU Ind AP The Gris som Redevelopment Authority will not ask the federal govern ment to consider the base as a possible site for one of 50 new Department of Labor Job Corps Centers its directors have decided Being a job corps site could hinder Grissoms industrial development the directors said Thursday in their unanimous vote All active duty military personnel are set to leave Gris som by Sept 30 as part of the Air Forces downsizing efforts The base will remain the home of the Air Force Reserves 434th refueling wing I think this would hinder the real development the indus trial development of the area said Ron Wilson the redevelop ment authoritys vice chairman We dont have to just take any thing that comes The centers offer free educa tional and vocational opportuni ties for unemployed youths Shell hits busy market Clinton urges quick investigation SARAJEVO BosniaHerzegov ina AP Bodies and severed limbs lay amid bloodstained mar ket stalls after a mortar shell land ed in a crowd of Saturday shop pers butchering at least 66 people and wounding more than 200 The blpodiest single attack on Sarajevos civilians since the war began 22 months ago came just after noon as people filled the Markale market to scavenge for basic necessities President Alija Izutbegovics spokesman Kemal Muftic said the 120mm mortar shell was fired from a Serbheld position north of Sarajevo troops were ana lyzing the crater to determine the shells origin Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic suggested government soldiers had fired on their own Gople as a way of persuading ATO to go ahead with threat ened air strikes on Serb positions But there was no evidence to sup port such a charge which was immediately dismissed by the Bosnian government We see the shells coming from the Bosnian Vice President Ejup Ganic told CNN This is a city under In Washington President Clin ton denounced the slaughter and called on the United Nations to urgently investigate who was to blame He gave no indication air strikes were imminent but said We rule nothing The Pentagon arranged for a medical team to arrive in Sarajevo at first light today to begin evacuating victims a saidT The team planned to call if needed for evacuation planes and other help from the RheinMain airbase in Germany Inside Auto 10 Business markets Classified ads 19 32 Dear Abby Entertainment 17 Local news Nation News of record Obituaries Opinion Science Sports 2127 State Style World