West Central High School pathway options

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Sandburg collaborates with West Central High School by providing students the opportunity to complete college courses that connect with career paths. Whether the student is interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree or certificates in career or technical areas, there is a pathway for everyone. 

The embedded degree allows WCHS students to complete an Associates in Arts degree while in high school. This degree requires completion of 61 credit hours and focuses on completing general education courses that are necessary for bachelor’s degrees.

Associate in Arts degree includes:

  • English 101 and 102 (6 credit hours)
  • Introduction to Public Speaking (3 credit hours)
  • Fine Arts/Humanities (9 credit hours)
  • Social Sciences (9 credit hours)
  • Sciences (7 credit hours)
  • Math (3 credit hours)
  • Human Relations (3 credit hours)
  • Electives (21 credit hours)


To complete an AA degree, students must successfully complete the required 61 credits hours with a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

Pathway to AA degree

This is a tentative plan for WCHS students to complete an Associate of Arts degree in high school. Courses may be switched out based on availability of instructors. This plan will be adjusted for students beginning dual credit courses during their sophomore or junior years.

This is a plan for the AA degree only. Students who desire an AS degree must meet with a Sandburg academic advisor to develop an individual plan. There is no guarantee a WCHS student could complete an AS degree in high school due to specifically required classes.

WCHS students will take these courses online, at Sandburg’s campus, or at WCHS depending on instructor availability.

Students taking dual credit courses must meet Sandburg admissions standards and complete the steps to enroll.

WCHS plan to complete an AA degree.

Course credit hours are designated in the parentheses.

Fall – Junior year
  • ENG.180- Introduction to Poetry (3) IAI Course No. H3 903
  • HTH.120- Health (3)
  • PHL.102- Ethics (3) IAI Course No. H4 904
  • POS.122- American Government & Politics (3) IAI Course No.S5 900
  • SOC.101 - Introduction to Sociology (3) IAI Course No.S7 900
Spring – Junior year
  • ART.111 - Art Appreciation (3) IAI Course No. F2 900
  • HIS.106 - American History from 1877 (3) IAI Course No.S2 901
  • HTH.150 - Drug Use and Abuse (3)
  • MUS.101 - Introduction to American Music (3) IAI Course No. F1 904
  • PSY.101 - Introduction to Psychology (3) IAI Course No. S6 900
Fall – Senior year
  • ACC.101 - Principals of Financial Accounting (3) 
  • BIO.101 - General Biology (4) - Life Science with Lab IAI Course No.L1 900L
  • ENG.101 - Freshman Composition 1 (3) IAI Course No. C1 900
  • SOC.203 - Introduction to Diversity (3) IAI Course No. S7 903D
  • SPE.120 - Introduction to Public Speaking (3) IAI Course No. C2 900
Spring – Senior year
  • ACC.102 - Principals of Managerial Accounting (3)
  • ENG.102 - Freshman Composition 2 (3) IAI Course No. C1 901
  • NUT.110 - Nutrition (3)
  • PHY.130 - Physical Universe (3) IAI Course No. P1 906
  • SSC.120 - Statistics for Social Sciences (3) IAI Course No. M1 902

To graduate from Sandburg with an AA degree, the student must successfully complete the required 61 credit hours and a minimum of a 2.0 grade point average.

How do these classes transfer?

The Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) is a statewide transfer agreement which facilitates transfer among more than 100 participating colleges and universities in Illinois. The IAI General Education Core Curriculum (GECC) includes the following categories:

Please see specific courses below.

  • Communication: 3 courses or 9 credit hours
  • Humanities and Fine Arts: 3 courses total, 1 course must be a Humanities course, 1 course must be a Fine Arts course. The additional course is the student’s choice or as directed by the advisor.
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences: 3 courses or 9 credits total. Courses must be from 3 different subject areas.
  • Mathematics: 1 course (3-5 credit hours)
  • Physical Science and Life Sciences: 2 courses total, 1 course form each area (7-8 credit hours). One of the courses must have a lab.
  • Human Relations: 1 course or 3 credit hours.

Communication
ENG.101 – Freshman Composition 1  IAI Course No. C1 900
ENG.102 – Freshman Composition 2  IAI Course No. C1 901
SPE.120 – Introduction to Public Speaking  IAI Course No. C2 900

Fine Arts
ART.111 – Art Appreciation  IAI Course No. F2 900
MUS.101 - Introduction to American Music   IAI Course No. F1 904

Humanities
PHL.102 – Ethics  IAI Course No. H4 904

Social Sciences
POS.122 – American Government & Politics  IAI Course No. S5 900
PSY.101 – Introduction to Psychology  IAI Course No. S6 900
SOC.101 – Introduction to Sociology  IAI Course No. S7 900

Sciences
BIO.101 – General Biology – Life Science with lab  IAI Course No. L1 900L
PHY.130 – The Physical Universe – Physical Science  IAI Course No. P1 906

Math
SSC.120 – Statistics for Social Sciences  IAI Course No. M1 902

Human Relations
SOC.203 – Introduction to Diversity  IAI Course No. S7 903D

Electives - Suggested
ACC.101 - Principals of Financial Accounting 
ACC.102 - Principals of Managerial Accounting 
ENG.180 – Introduction to Poetry   IAI Course No. H3 903
HIS.106 – American History from 1877  IAI Course No. S2 901
HTH.120 – Health
HTH.150 - Drug Use and Abuse
NUT.110 - Nutrition

The 1 + 1 program allows WCHS students to enroll in college courses at a little slower pace due to their high school commitments. Students take the first year of classes towards their Associate in Arts (AA) degree. After graduation from WCHS, they enroll at Sandburg to complete the remainder of their degree requirements. This option still affords students to save money because they could complete a Bachelor’s degree in three years instead of four.

The AA degree requires completion of 61 credit hours and focuses on completing general education courses that are necessary for bachelor’s degrees.

Associate in Arts degree includes:

  • English 101 and 102 (6 credit hours)
  • Introduction to Public Speaking (3 credit hours)
  • Fine Arts/Humanities (9 credit hours)
  • Social Sciences (9 credit hours)
  • Sciences (7 credit hours)
  • Math (3 credit hours)
  • Human Relations (3 credit hours)
  • Electives (21 credit hours)


To complete an AA degree, students must successfully complete the required 61 credits hours with a minimum grade point average of 2.0.


Pathway to 1 + 1 Program

This is a plan for the AA degree only. Students who desire an AS degree must meet with a Sandburg academic advisor to develop an individual plan. There is no guarantee a WCHS student could complete an AS degree in high school due to specifically required classes. Courses may vary based on instructor availability. This plan will be adjusted for students beginning dual credit courses during their sophomore year.

WCHS students will take these courses online, at Sandburg’s campus, or at WCHS.

Students taking dual credit courses must meet Sandburg admissions standards and complete the steps to enroll.

WCHS 1 + 1 plan

Course credit hours are designated in the parentheses.

Fall – Junior year
  • SOC.101 -Introduction to Sociology (3) IAI Course No. S7 900
  • PHL.102 - Ethics (3) IAI Course No. H4 904
Spring – Junior year
  • MUS.101 - Introduction to American Music (3) IAI Course No. F1 904
  • PSY.101 - Introduction to Psychology (3) IAI Course No. S6 900
Fall – Senior year
  • BIO.101 - General Biology (4) - Life Science with Lab IAI Course No.L1 900L
  • ENG.101 - Freshman Composition 1 (3) IAI Course No. C1 900
  • SPE.120 - Introduction to Public Speaking (3) IAI Course No. C2 900
Spring – Senior year
  • ENG.102 - Freshman Composition 2 (3) IAI Course No. C1 901
  • HIS.106 - American History from 1877 (3) IAI Course No. S2 901
  • PHY.130 - The Physical Universe (3) IAI Course No. P1 906

Completion of 30 credits at Sandburg
  • ENG.180 - Introduction to Poetry (3) IAI Course No. H3 903
  • MAT.110 - General Education Statistics (3) IAI Course No. M1 902
  • SOC 203 - Introduction to Diversity (3)  IAI Course No. S7 903D
  • Electives - (21)

To graduate from Sandburg with an AA degree, the student must successfully complete the required 61 credit hours and a minimum of a 2.0 grade point average.


How do these classes transfer?

The Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) is a statewide transfer agreement which facilitates transfer among more than 100 participating colleges and universities in Illinois. The IAI General Education Core Curriculum (GECC) includes the following categories:

Please see specific courses below.

  • Communication: 3 courses or 9 credit hours
  • Humanities and Fine Arts: 3 courses total, 1 course must be a Humanities course, 1 course must be a Fine Arts course. The additional course is the student’s choice or as directed by the advisor.
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences: 3 courses or 9 credits total. Courses must be from 3 different subject areas.
  • Mathematics: 1 course (3-5 credit hours)
  • Physical Science and Life Sciences: 2 courses total, 1 course form each area (7-8 credit hours). One of the courses must have a lab.
  • Human Relations: 1 course or 3 credit hours.

Communication
ENG.101 – Freshman Composition 1  IAI Course No. C1 900
ENG.102 – Freshman Composition 2  IAI Course No. C1 901
SPE.120 – Introduction to Public Speaking  IAI Course No. C2 900

Fine Arts
MUS.101 - Introduction to American Music IAI Course No. F1 904

Humanities
ENG.180 - Introduction to Poetry  IAI Course No. H3 903
PHL.102 – Ethics  IAI Course No. H4 904

Social Sciences
HIS.106 – American History from 1877   IAI Course No. S2 901
PSY.101 – Introduction to Psychology  IAI Course No. S6 900
SOC.101 – Introduction to Sociology  IAI Course No. S7 900

Sciences
BIO.101 – General Biology – Life Science with lab  IAI Course No. L1 900L
PHY.130 – The Physical Universe – Physical Science  IAI Course No. P1 906

Math
MAT.110 - General Education Statistics  IAI Course No. M1 902

Human Relations
SOC.203 – Introduction to Diversity  IAI Course No. S7 903D

Electives - Suggested
ACC.101 - Principals of Financial Accounting 
ACC.102 - Principals of Managerial Accounting 
ENG.180 – Introduction to Poetry   IAI Course No. H3 903
HIS.105 – American History to 1877  IAI Course No. S2 900
HTH.120 – Health
HTH.150 - Drug Use and Abuse
NUT.110 - Nutrition

Students who are interested in career paths can take classes towards an Associate in Applied Sciences or certificates while in high school. Depending on the availability of qualified faculty, these career degrees or certificates may be offered at WCHS, online, or on Sandburg's campus. Students may also complete some of the courses at WCHS, graduate from WCHS, and then finish the AAS degree or certificate at Sandburg.

These degrees, offered in the career, technical, and health areas, prepare the student for the workforce. They are not intended to transfer to a four-year college or university. For some of our AAS degrees in health care, students must complete a separate application and meet the established requirements for admission.

 

Computers - Information and Communication Technology Pathway

WCHS students can take online courses in Information and Communication Technology. The certificates listed below must be taken in sequence.

Computer Support Associate

Computer Technician

Network Security Associate

CISCO Network Associate

Cyber Security Associate

 

Students must make payment in full or enroll in the payment plan by the set dates for the semester, typically 4 weeks prior to the start of the term. If payment is not made, students will be dropped from their courses and will need to re-enroll and arrange payment. Students may pay with credit card, check or cash, through either campus, Carthage or Galesburg. Deferred payment plans are available, please contact our Business Office for further information on payment plans at 309.341.5281. Students may view their balance by logging in to mySandburg, then self-service. 

Dual credit students receive a tuition discount of 50% for the first six credit hours each semester.

Regular Tuition for 2 classes in 2019-20 ($170 per credit hour)          

ENG.101 (3 credit hours): 510.00                    

PSY.101 (3 credit hours): 510.00                    

Registration fee: 25.00                  

Tuition & fees total:$1045.00    

Sandburg discount: -$535.00

Total tuition for Dual Credit: $535.00
 

Dual credit Success Scholarship

Offered to students who participated in Dual Credit during high school. To be eligible for the scholarship, students are required to complete at least six dual credit hours, complete the FAFSA, have a grade point average at Sandburg of a 3.0 or higher, and complete the DC Success Scholarship application. The college selects and awards these students to promote enrollment following high school. Awards are $1,500 for the first year of full time enrollment following high school graduation.   


Applying for Financial Aid

Please visit our dual credit financial aid page for information on how to apply for the FAFSA.

 

Contact Us

For more information regarding the West Central HS dual credit program, please contact:

Linda Thomas
Coordinator of the Branch Campus Support Services
lthomas@sandburg.edu
217.357.3129 ext:7243