More than 1,000 high school students this year will earn college credit through
the Pathways to College Program at Madisonville Community College (MCC). Dr. Judith
Rhoads, MCC President, proudly explains that students taking dual or articulated
credit at high schools and tech campuses in Caldwell, Crittenden, Henderson, Hopkins,
Muhlenberg, and Webster counties earn both high school and college credits for up
to four courses at an affordable cost that can be as low as $50 per semester.
Students participating in the Pathways to College program can, without leaving their
high school or tech campus, complete some of the basic classes in math, English, and
history. Career and technical education courses leading to one of many career fields
offered through MCC such as nursing or allied health professions, advanced integrated
technology, welding, and EMT-paramedical are also available. Dr. Deborah Cox, MCC
s Chief Academic Affairs Officer, explains that several years ago, the college renamed
its dual credit initiatives. The name, Pathways to College Program, was more indicative
of our efforts at the high school and college levels in preparing these students for
their college work. With that comes the benefit to the students and their families
of tremendous opportunities to reduce the costs of a college education and to save
time completing it.
One prime example of how the Pathways to College Program can be of benefit has been
demonstrated by the initial year of the First Steps Paramedical Program for Hopkins
County students. It began with the collaboration of Baptist Health Madisonville and
the Area Health Education Center in Hopkins County, Hopkins County Schools, Madisonville
Community College, the local EMS service, and other interested groups who felt that
there would be interest from senior high school students to take a dual credit Emergency
Medical Technician class. The six credit hour course that would have cost $864 for
tuition alone was structured so that the 12 students paid only a nominal cost. Additionally,
MCC offered a summer biology class in which 5 of the 12 First Steps Paramedical students
enrolled, and 8 of the 12 students are currently enrolled in fall classes at MCC,
including 3 who are pursuing enrollment in the college s paramedical program.
Students interested in the Pathways to College Program should contact their local
guidance office to see what opportunities are available.