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College Jump-Start

Selected Chargers Benefit from Dual-Credit Course

            “I’m always looking for opportunities to get ahead,” said Fiona Leiva, SJHS Class of 2019. “When Ms. Wagner approached me about taking a dual-credit class with Benedictine University, I didn’t think twice.”

            Danielle Wagner, Dean of Academics and Student Services, helped implement the pilot program. Through a rigorous selection process, Fiona joined four other SJ seniors in taking American History Since 1865, a course in which students fulfill their senior year social studies requirement at St. Joseph HS while also earning credit at Benedictine University. This three-hour credit is also transferrable to another university of their choosing.

             Joining Fiona are classmates Zamantha Figueroa, Jessica Garcia, Allison Kelly and Yamilette Rodriguez. The Chargers attend some classes at Benedictine University while their professor, Dr. Vincent Gaddis, travels to Westchester to provide instruction as well. The class also makes use of WebEx technology to collaborate. For most of the course, however, the St. Joseph students complete assignments on-line, with an emphasis on analytic discussions. There is a question posed each week by the professor to which each student must respond and then give feedback to a classmate’s response to an answer.

            Currently students are studying the role of corporations and unions and the danger of monopolies.
            “I enjoy the thought-provoking exchanges we have either in the classroom or through the discussion board. I look forward to that element of university life.”

            Best wishes, Chargers, as you complete this exciting opportunity!