Hardin County Schools students who are taking full college course loads or who are taking various college classes at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College are making high marks in the classroom.
HCS juniors and seniors take course work through ECTC in the “Academy at EC3” program. Juniors in the program attend class at the Hardin County Schools Early College and Career Center (EC3). ECTC instructors teach the classes there. Seniors go to the ECTC campus and take classes with other ECTC students.
HCS juniors earned 1,410 credit hours and a 3.58 grade point average for the 2017-18 school year. Sixteen high school juniors earned a 4.0 GPA for both the fall and spring semesters. An additional four students had a 4.0 this spring.
Sixty-six HCS seniors take classes at ECTC. Three of those had a 4.0 GPA at the end of the fall semester and maintained it at the end of the spring semester. Those students are:
- Clayton Hester, a Central Hardin High School senior, earned 28 hours this year at ECTC to go along with the 12 he earned last school year, three he has earned from a dual credit class through Campbellsville University and three from high marks on an AP Government exam. He has 46 hours heading into his post-secondary education career and a 4.0 college GPA.
- Elizabeth Morris, a Central Hardin High School senior, earned 18 hours this year at ECTC, 12 last year, three from a dual credit class through Campbellsville University and three additional hours from her high marks on an AP Government exam. She will graduate high school with 36 hours college hours and a 4.0 college GPA.
- Ryan Tabor, a Central Hardin High School senior, earned 25 hours this year at ECTC. He also earned an Information Technology certification in the IT pathway at EC3.
“I am tremendously proud of the students in this pathway,” EC3 Principal Dan Robbins said. “They come from all three of our high schools and work hard to stay involved there while also getting a heavy dose of college life. They go to class, study, participate in extracurricular activities, work and study some more. I tell them constantly that their hard work will pay off, especially when they earn their baccalaureate degree two years ahead of their peers across the state.”
“It goes without saying that this program is an incredible opportunity for our Hardin County Schools students,” HCS Superintendent Teresa Morgan said. “We have a highly treasured partnership with ECTC and are very grateful for it. Students can take college classes for one-third of the cost and take a heavy load of hours into a four-year institution. Now that these students know the hard work and dedication that is essential to success in college, they will carry it forward, finish in two years and hopefully come back to live and work right here in Hardin County.
“Mr. Robbins and Mrs. (Kristi) Wright, the guidance counselor at EC3, provide an amazing support structure to ensure these students make a successful transition to college and the workplace.”