High schoolers would earn associate degrees

In what could be a sign of the future in secondary education in Wisconsin, Chippewa Valley Technical College is preparing to become the first college in the state to allow high school students to earn associate degrees. 

The first such program, in business management, is set to begin in the fall at River Falls High School.

The program is an extension of the popular dual credit high school academies CVTC has created with several cooperating high schools in the 11-county CVTC district in northwest Wisconsin. But through the academy beginning in River Falls, students can finish with an associate degree, which is generally a full two-year program at a post-secondary school.

The first such degrees could be issued as early as 2020 to students who are currently freshmen at River Falls, though most would be available to 2021 graduates. More such programs could…

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