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More Colorado high schoolers taking college courses

September 23, 2009

Concurrent enrollment, programs that give Colorado high school students an early taste of college, have been streamlined by a new state law, in hopes of expanding the pool of potential college students.

By using their share of K-12 tax dollars for postsecondary courses, students reap economic benefits of paid-for college credit hours while getting an academic jump-start.

"It's the best bargain you can imagine for families," said Linda Bowman, president of Community College of Aurora and chairwoman of the committee that pursued the new legislation. "That's a piece of it. But the major driver to me was the whole issue of access for people who, for whatever reasons, hadn't put themselves in a frame of deciding early on to go to college."

Some high schools bring college classes into their buildings, while in other cases, students attend classes at community colleges, trade schools or four-year colleges.

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