Miramar College Provides Four New Courses This Schoolyear

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   This school year, UC High introduced four new college classes that are being taught on site provided by Miramar College: Business 100, Marketing 100, Administration of Justice 101, and Criminal Justice 102.

   When enrolled in a college course at UC High, a student takes one full course during the first semester and a different one during the second semester. For example, a student enrolled in Business and Marketing would take Business 100 during the first semester, and Marketing 100 during the next because they’re two different college classes, explained Head Counselor Kimberly George.

   George explained, “On the high school side, [college classes] are weighted grades and earn two credits each semester. For college, they earn college units, not credits.”

   According to KUSI, a local news station, “All this is good news because it means more local students will arrive at college with many credits already completed. This accelerates their journey to a degree or certificate and their pathway to a rewarding career” (kusi.com).

   The Business 100 class was taught by Professor Leslie Codling-Dichet during the first semster of this school year. “This introductory course for both business and non-business majors provides a broad understanding of the business community, including how culture; society; economic systems; legal, international, political, and financial institutions; and human behavior interact to affect a business organization’s policy and practices within the U.S. and a global society,” according to the official class syllabus.

   The Introduction to Administration of Justice 101 class was taught by Professor Chris Ellis during the first semester of this school year. According to the official syllabus, “This course introduces students to the philosophy and history of administration of justice. It provides an overview of crime, police problems, and the organization and jurisdiction of law enforcement agencies. Students survey professional career opportunities and qualifications.”

   George stated that the first college classes to be offered at UC High were Math 150/151 and Political Science 101/102.

   According to George, “Only a few years ago, the District started to allow for additional college classes on high school campuses.” She added, “Two years ago, sites were asked what type of college electives they thought their students would be interested in taking. Many students were interested in majoring in a type of business major and [administration of justice]. UC High also tried to offer fire sciences, but not enough students signed up during articulation, so the class did not happen. If interest drops, the classes will not happen.”

   According to the San Diego Community College District, “The number of high school students taking San Diego Community College District courses continues to skyrocket, a new District report shows, with concurrent enrollment rates increasing almost 74 percent to 3,402 students this spring [of 2018] compared to last year [2017]” (sdccd.edu).

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