BOCES Program helps NCSD students take college courses for credit

Published: Apr. 30, 2021 at 3:43 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Natrona County School districts have a unique opportunity to make their high school education count for college through a partnership with Casper College. The Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) ACE Program is open to high school students of any grade level, and it gives them the opportunity to take college courses for college credit.

Students can take the courses online, at the college and at their home high school. NCSD pays students’ tuition, fees and book costs for this opportunity.

Natrona County High School’s Taryn McJunkin, a senior, said she was nervous when she first entered the program. “It’s one of the scariest things to walk into a college class with a bunch of young adults, but you realize that it’s actually really easy to make friends and go through the classes,” said McJunkin. “It ends up being super beneficial in preparing you.”

For Jenna Quinn, a Casper College student, the BOCES program helped her complete almost all of the basic courses needed entering college. She had almost completed her freshman year before stepping foot on campus as a college student.

“It’s like baby steps into college, which helps you feel more prepared, so it kind of helped overall in life,” said Quinn.

BOCES registration for high school students is now open for summer and fall classes.

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