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Nicolet College - U.S. Sen. Kohl outlines Fast Track to College bill at Nicolet

Sen. Kohl outlines
Fast Track to College bill at Nicolet

U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl, D-Wis., met with state and local education leaders at Nicolet College Wednesday to discuss his federal Fast Track to College bill designed to help students earn college credit while still in high school and reduce drop-out rates.

Sen. Kohl meets with education leadersKohl's bill would establish a grant initiative for high schools to partner with colleges, allowing students to simultaneously earn a high school diploma and up to two years of college credit, including an associate's degree, tuition free. These "early college high schools" are aimed at reducing high school dropout rates throughout Wisconsin and improving access to college, especially for low-income and first generation college students.

"Incentivizing students to go to college is critical to the success of this country and to students' success as individuals," Kohl told the gathering on Nicolet's Rhinelander campus.
"In these times, if you don't have an education, beyond a high school diploma, you will probably have an unhappy life with any number of problems, economic and otherwise."

This fall Nicolet College will put this idea into practice by partnering with Rhinelander and Elcho high schools to offer eight Nicolet courses in the high schools. The students in these courses will earn both high school and college credits, giving them a jump start on a college education, said Susan Kordula, director of Admissions and PK-14 Pathways at Nicolet. The courses will include introductory information technology, accounting and business classes, and the Medical Terminology course.

Education leaders at the event praised Kohl for his longstanding support of education. "Senator Kohl has been an absolute champion of education," said Elizabeth Burmaster, Nicolet College president. "This is another opportunity he is trying to create for students in the state and nation."