by Lucie Roy
Morinville Community High School (MCHS) is ready to make history with its English(ENGL) 1011 class starting Feb. 3. MCHS has partnered with NorQuest College and their University Transfer Program. A NorQuest professor will be joining MCHS faculty to offer the class on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
MCHS Principal Todd Eistetter said the University Preparation Program has 13 students registered. “[It’s] a pretty good number and next year they hope to increase that,” Eistetter said. “We are the only high school in Canada that offers university English.”
Eistetter sees the program as a good opportunity for his students as they can earn five high school credits and three regular university credits for the same course. “It is a brand new course the school wrote that was accepted by Alberta Education. Our students will be the first ones in Alberta to earn these credits,” he said, adding the program was approved in November. “It is a neat thing for MCHS and these students. It will make them more competitive when they are applying to University, which is what our hope is. It gives them a bit of a leg up on the thousands of other applicants. It makes them more competitive.”