By: Kahlan Matthews
As a sophomore at Yampa Valley High School, I wouldn’t have expected to be offered to take a class at Steamboat’s local college, Colorado Mountain College (CMC). Usually, these classes are only offered to juniors and seniors, so I’m sure you can understand why I was caught off guard. Most students probably wouldn’t be very excited about getting to take yet another class, especially at a college level, but I feel very privileged to have this opportunity, and for free!
For my class, I’ve chosen Interpersonal Communication. This is a big step in the right direction for me, and the class will give me high school, and college credits. It is called dual enrollment.
YVHS offers, and encourages classes like these to every student in their junior or senior year, and certain sophomores like me. As I stated in my last paragraph, these classes are completely free, as long as the student passes the class. They give you early preparation for college and a chance at an early graduation in High School.
During an interview with the Dean of my school, Chuck Rosemond, he said that “The kids have to be able to function in a college environment, which means no high school antics, and what it does is expose them to the college world and hopefully inspires them to pursue their education after high school.”
There is a variety of classes and levels for students to take. YVHS is preparing its students for the real world in more ways than one, but I think that the college classes are the most prominent. All the students have to do is find a way up to the college, which the free Yellow Line bus here in Steamboat Springs helps with.
Chuck has also filled me in on how YVHS has changed since the classes have been offered, saying “Since we’ve been offering the CMC classes at YVHS we have not only given our students the opportunity to have a unique educational opportunity while still in high school, but at the same time it’s created a dynamic in our school that I feel has raised the bar, and when that becomes a topic of conversation it gets our kids to shoot higher.”
In the future of YVHS and other schools, I hope to see lots more students working their hardest to get the pay off in a way like I have. Early college gets you an early start and a better outlook on what life will be like. Trying your hardest to get opportunities like this will really pay off. In the long run, it will prepare students for life by easing them into what comes after you graduate. YVHS and these classes help students instead of throwing the students into life without any practice.
I have faith that with enough time and effort, the town of Steamboat will see more high school teens getting prepared for life, and maybe even see the school of YVHS in a better light. This class and the many to come have opened my eyes to the possibility of a brighter future.