A new partnership is offering local high school students the chance at free college courses.
The Warren County Educational Service Center — through a new relationship with Clark State Community College in Springfield — will offer college-level online courses to students enrolled in the Greater Ohio Virtual School (GOVS).
The online high school, formed by the ESC a decade ago, mainly serves Butler and Warren counties. GOVS currently enrolls 470 students from Ohio in grades seven through 12.
“Our partnership with Clark State Community College encourages high school students to pursue higher education upon graduating,” said John Lazares, superintendent of Warren County ESC. “We are committed to helping our school districts in Warren County increase the number of high school graduates entering our local colleges or universities.”
GOVS is completely free and open to any student whose parent or guardian resides in Ohio. In May 2012, GOVS granted 107 high school degrees.
“Clark State will offer some courses online for our virtual students,” said George Sehi, executive director for university relations at the ESC. Those courses include math and English.
“Students will immediately get college credit and fulfill high school credit,” Sehi said.
The cost of the online college courses will be paid by the Warren County ESC, he said.
The credits earned from Clark State can be used towards an associate’s degree or transferred to a four-year university to complete a bachelor’s degree, according to David Devier, vice president of academic and student affairs for Clark State. He said the college is currently working with about 1,000 high school students.
“Clark State is committed to increasing access to higher education in Ohio and ensuring student success,” Devier said.
Clark State Community College serves more than 5,400 students at three campus locations in Springfield, Beavercreek and Bellefontaine.
For more information about GOVS, visit www.mygovs.com.