Fifteen Kentucky high school students recently gained college credit and studied in New York City through a partnership between Dual Credit, Study Away and WKU’s Theatre & Dance and Economics Departments. Students took one of two online courses, including Thea 151 – Theatre Appreciation or Econ 150 – Intro to Economics. They took three weeks of online coursework and then traveled with their instructors and Dual Credit staff to New York City, where they completed the fourth week of their classes.
“My experience in New York was an overall 10 out of 10,” said one student. “It was one of the best weeks of my life with some of the most wonderful people I’ve ever met. I will never forget this once in a lifetime trip.”
Students gained course-related experience, attended Broadway shows and visited the Federal Reserve. They also toured Chinatown, Little Italy, Freedom Tower, Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island and Central Park and attended a New York Yankees game.
WKU Dual Credit collaborated with Study Away and faculty from the Theatre and Economics departments to develop the courses and provide students with this experience.
Dewayne Neeley, Dual Credit program manager, said that the program allowed students to fully immerse themselves in their studies. “The week in New York City was incredible, and the students were great. They were fun and flexible – they completely engaged in the whole experience,” said Neeley.
The course and accompanying trip were such a success, Neeley said, that they plan to offer it every year. “We’ve already set June 11-18, 2016 for next year’s trip,” he added.
Contact: Dewayne Neeley
WKU Dual Credit
Western Kentucky University Division of Extended Learning and Outreach