ACCELERATE student wins scholarship

Posted: Monday, 07 December 2009

TROY, Ala.—A Prattville senior has garnered a national scholarship from getEducated.com.

Megan McConnell, a 12th grader at Prattville Christian Academy, earned the $1,000 scholarship after taking two online classes through TROY’s eCampus via the ACCELERATE system that provides advanced-placement and courses to home- and private-school students in Alabama.

“Megan is an incredibly bright student and I admire her for taking American Sign Language I as not only her first college course but her first online class ever,” said Amy Spry, the ACCELERATE program coordinator. “She has excelled in her studies and I expect to see great things from her in the future.”

In addition to the sign language class, she also took music appreciation online. She plans to pursue a TROY degree through the College of Education’s Interpreter Training Program.

“I plan to enroll full time in fall 2010,” McConnell said. “ACCELERATE is a great program and I would recommend it to other students planning to do dual enrollment classes.”

ACCELERATE Dual Enrollment Online will allow students to receive both college credit and high school credit for courses in history, math, science and English.

Loosely modeled after the public-school ACCESS initiative, ACCELERATE is designed to provide expanded opportunities for students who can take college courses each term in conjunction with their high school classes.

High school juniors and seniors with at least a 20 ACT score or 950 SAT score and a cumulative high school grade-point average of 3.0 or higher are eligible for the program. A limited number of high school sophomores may also qualify with special permission from their school counselors.

The cost of courses taken through ACCELERATE is $200 per credit hour.