Eight-hundred ninety-nine students walked across one the Hardin County Schools’ graduation stages at the end of the 2018-19 school year.
Many of them will also have earned dual-credit college hours, business or industry certificates and/or the HCS Work Ethic Certification. All of these are certain to make the graduates more marketable to employers, military recruiters and post-secondary education institutions.
The Academy at EC3 (HCS Early College and Career Center) and the Early College pathway, partnerships between HCS and Elizabethtown Community and Technical College that allow juniors and seniors to take college classes that count for high school credit and college credit hours, continue to flourish.
The Academy at EC3 is home to high school juniors who take college classes at EC3 from ECTC instructors. Early College pathway students (seniors) take classes with ECTC students on the ECTC campus from college instructors.
Here is some data from the Early College pathway that speaks to the program’s success in 2018-19:
- There were 100 Early College students in 2018-19.
- 46 came from the Academy at EC3 and the rest were new students that took a full-schedule of dual credit classes at ECTC.
- 37 of the 100 students have earned (or will earn this summer by taking one more course) their Associate’s degree.
- 2 of these students were not even Academy students at juniors. They just took enough dual credit courses at their home high schools and combined them with Early College pathway credit hours to earn their Associate’s degree.
- 1,349 total hours were earned in the fall 2018 semester with an average GPA of 3.18.
- 22 students made the ECTC President's List (4.0 GPA) in the fall.
- 20 made the ECTC Dean's List (3.5 – 3.99 GPA).
- 1,228 total hours were earned in the spring 2019 semester with an average GPA of 3.14.
- 18 made the President's List in the spring.
- 19 made the Dean's List.
Here is some data from the Academy at EC3 in 2018-19:
- There were 74 students completed the Academy at EC3.
- 1,163 total hours were earned in the fall 2018 semester with an average GPA of 3.52.
- 22 made the President's List in the fall.
- 32 made the Dean's List.
- 1,063 total hours were earned in the spring 2019 semester with an average GPA of 3.71.
- 29 students made the President's List in the spring.
- 32 students made the Dean's List.
- All of the 74 students are on track to finish their Associate’s degree in 2020.
- 82 students will begin the Academy at EC3 program in the 2019-20 school year.
“I just cannot say enough about the work ethic of these students,” EC3 principal Dan Robbins said. “They are truly dedicated to success. They have lofty goals and let nothing stand in their way to achieve those goals. Saying I’m proud of them is understatement. I’m elated! We cannot truly express enough gratitude to ECTC, its instructors, its administrators and its students. None of this would be possible without the commitment ECTC brings to the table. Dr. Pate and his team are phenomenal.”
This data does not include the many students who took courses that will also count for college credit at their home high schools (Central Hardin, John Hardin and North Hardin).
“We have lots of reasons to be proud,” Robbins added. “Nearly five percent of the entire Class of 2019 will have their Associate’s degree by the time the 2019-20 school year starts. I would venture to say not many districts can say that. I’m thankful for student-centered approach Hardin County Schools takes in creating opportunities for success.”