UND offers its first college credit class for Grand Forks high school students – Grand Forks Herald

Grand Forks – UND is offering a dual credit course for the first time at Grand Forks High School.

What started out as “Aviation 1” at Red River High School is now called “Aviation 105”, and students who take the technical education exam will receive college credit upon completion of the course. UND is likely to add other dual-credit courses to aviation, as Grand Forks Public School administrators seek to develop dual-credit courses that can be accommodated at the planned Career Impact Academy.

“This is a class for sophomores, juniors and seniors, and my goal is to teach them all aspects of aviation,” Associate Professor Leslie Martin told UND Today. Many of them come up with the idea of ​​’I want to be a pilot,’ which is great, and I talk a lot about flight training. We practice tricks on simulators and talk about flight principles, but I want them to have a fun class learning about the whole industry.

According to UND Today, Martin has been teaching aviation at the high school level since 2014 as a professor at the John de Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences.

Martin was teaching professional development classes at UND on how mathematics and science teachers can incorporate aviation subjects into their courses. Eric Ripley, Executive Director of Career and Technical Education at Grand Forks Public School, looked at one of those classes and talked to her about a dual credit course.

Ripley said offering an aviation option at Red River High School is a way to develop career and technical education opportunities for local students. At the time of his election, Bismarck was the only city in the state to have a high school aviation course.

“With UND, the Grand Forks Air Force Base, and partners in the Minnesota area of ​​the Northland Community & Technical College, we certainly felt that the presence of aviation could mean a lot to Grand Forks as well,” Ripley said.

With the change to Course Aviation 105, students can now earn college credit. The course was offered at the Red River at the beginning of the spring semester.

Permission is required to offer college-level courses in high schools. Universities within the University of North Dakota system must adhere to state policies on what courses can be taught to avoid interference with other state schools. UND can teach dual-credit courses related to aviation – the courses are located within the university’s wheelhouse – and work on an American Indian Studies course is underway, as UND is the only university in the state that offers that major.

Lake Region State College on Devil’s Lake offers a wide range of dual-credit courses, including college composition, computer courses, and more.

For the time being, the dual-credit aviation course is located on the Red River, but is available to eligible Grand Forks High School students who wish to take the course. Ripley said it presents some logistics issues for students – a central high school student has to go to the Red River to take the course – but the program is likely to shift to Career Impact Academy, which will open by the end of 2024.

Other cross-campus high school courses, such as the Red River automotive course and the graphic arts offered at Central, will also be moved to the new center. Ripley said there are some crossover students but students at the school where the program takes place tend to enroll in those courses. If they are all under one roof they will have equal access.

As the dominoes fall, Ripley hopes to add other dual credit courses to the Career and Technical Education Center. He said he hopes to develop aviation-related programs, including an unmanned aerial system course. Those courses, including an information technology and medical career pathway, will complete the existing dual-credit offers for GFPS currently available in the Lake Region.

At Lake Region State College, Northland Community & Technical College or UND, we hope to have dual-credit opportunities along all career paths, ”he said.

Participating in UND’s first dual credit course is a big step in that direction.

“It’s important,” Ripley said. “This is our first dual credit agreement with the University of North Dakota, and we are excited about that.”

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