By Staff Reports

Webster County Schools has been offering WCHS students the chance to take early college classes through Madisonville and Henderson Community and Technical Colleges for several years, and thanks to an new grant, that opportunity will soon be expanded.

On Monday, MCC and WCS announced the awarding of a $167,802 USDA Rural Development Distance Learning and Telemedicine grant that will be used to expand the Senior Academy program at Webster County High School.

Over the three years of the grant period, the project is expected to allow an additional 25 WCHS seniors per year to participate in dual credit courses through MCC.

“We are excited to provide this increased access to our Senior Academy to the students of Webster County.,” said MCC President Dr. Cindy Kelley. “In addition to adding rigor for advanced students, dual credit programs like ours help students earn college credit that can later save families thousands in tuition.”

The Senior Academy is a dual credit program that allows high school students to complete general education coursework that is transferable to any public community college or university in Kentucky.

“Webster County Schools values its partnership with the USDA and MCC and we are truly excited about what this grant award will mean for our Senior Academy and our students. WCPS is committed to high quality, equitable experiences for all of our students. Rural communities have unique challenges as it relates to opportunity and access and this award will help provide such opportunities for our students.”

By offering the Senior Academy courses via distance learning, students from WCHS will have the same opportunities to participate in the program as their peers located closer to MCC.