School briefs

August 01, 2005

High school students get jump on college career

Many area high school students are getting a jump start on their college education through the ESSENCE Program at Hagerstown Community College. In 2004, more than 400 students from Washington County took classes at HCC while still in high school, according to an HCC press release.

ESSENCE (Early Support for Students to Enter College Education) will be extended to students in areas outside Washington County, according to the press release. Beginning this fall, out-of-county and out-of-state high school students will be able to take classes at HCC at 25 percent off the regular tuition rate they would be charged based on residency.

Students attending HCC through the ESSENCE Program must be high academic achievers, and 16 years of age or older. The discounted tuition is offered for up to 12 credits earned while in high school or while being home-schooled.

Selected ESSENCE courses, offered at area high schools, provide a dual-enrollment option, through which students receive high school and college credits. High school counselors can provide more information on dual-enrollment offerings.


For more information about HCC's ESSENCE Program, call 301-790-2800, ext. 335.

HCC classes to be offered at Pa. schools

Beginning this fall, Hagerstown Community College will offer classes at Chambersburg Hospital and Greencastle-Antrim High School in Pennsylvania.

Three courses will be offered at Chambersburg Hospital for the fall semester: Human Biology and General Psychology on Wednesday evenings, and English Composition on Tuesday evenings. GAHS will be the location for Introduction to Sociology on Wednesday evenings and Public Speaking on Monday evenings. Classes begin the week of Aug. 29.

Additional locations in Franklin County, Pa., and courses will be added in the future. For information, call HCC at 301-790-2800, ext. 238.

Elementary school to join Meals for Achievement

WILLIAMSPORT - Hickory Elementary School will join the Maryland Meals for Achievement program when classes resume this fall.

The program, which is funded with state and federal money, will ensure every student at the school can begin his or her day with a free breakfast. Students will eat in their classrooms. Breakfast will include milk, juice or fruit, and a muffin, doughnut or graham crackers.

According to information provided by the school, the program is offered at 133 schools around the state, including several in Washington County.

The school will continue to offer students the opportunity to apply for free and reduced-price lunches based on income-eligibility guidelines.

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