The Scioto Foundation’s board and staff are dedicated to the University/College Access Network (UCAN), a program that helps students and parents plan, prepare, and pay for college. One key aspect of UCAN that works to prepare students for college is the establishment and expansion of Advanced Placement courses in the county’s schools.
In four years of the UCAN program, the Foundation has provided a total of $52,035 in stipends so that Scioto County teachers can be trained to teach AP courses. To date, 156 local teachers have participated in a variety of courses, including 74 who took part in two pre AP training courses prior to the establishment of the first AP Summer Institute held at Shawnee State University in 2008. Of the twelve school districts participating in the UCAN program, the Valley School District has sent the highest number, 14, teachers to be trained.
AP courses offered by the SSU Summer Institute over the four-year span have included English Literature and Composition, United States History, Spanish, chemistry, psychology, Government and Politics and Statistics. The first three years of the AP training program saw more than 20 teachers enrolled each summer; in 2012 fourteen teachers representing 8 Scioto County school systems and Shawnee State University completed the AP training.
During UCAN’s four-year history the Scioto Foundation has also provided a total of $48,742 in mini-grants to the local school systems to help defray student costs associated with pre-college testing such as AP, PSAT, ACT and SAT exams, along with preparation materials.
Under the UCAN plan grant awards in the amount of $1,000 have been available to each school system per year for five years. Seven area school districts have applied for and received grants for five years, including 2012-2013 and most others have received grants for four years.
The College Board defines AP courses as classes within students’ own high schools that offer a similar program which are, in general, college undergraduate courses. Students who enroll in AP courses get the opportunity to experience the level of work and expectations found in undergraduate courses in college, all while working for actual college credit. Taking Advanced Placement courses also gives these students a more favorable position when applying for college admission. These courses prepare students who want to go to college more thoroughly than usual high school classes.
For more information about Advanced Placement courses and the UCAN program contact the Scioto Foundation by calling 740-354-4612, email at www.sciotofoundation.org or ‘like’ us on Facebook.