The Idaho Press-Tribune's
Kelcie Moseley highlighted the success of Ridgeline High School graduate. Here's an excerpt of her Sept. 16 story:
Dual-credit programs on the rise in Idaho
NAMPA — Were it not for the dual credit opportunities he received, College of Western Idaho freshman Ramon Ortiz says he would still be in high school.
Ortiz is a Ridgeline High School graduate — an alternative high school in Nampa he had to attend because of too many absences at Nampa High. Counselors told him he wouldn’t be able to graduate on time.
It was at Ridgeline that Ortiz had the chance to take the College Level Examination Program, which gives a student the opportunity to earn between three and 12 college credits.
How did he score? Pretty well.
“I ended up getting all the credits you could get out of the test,” he said.
The CLEP exam is part of a new initiative funded through the J.A. & Kathryn Albertson Foundation’s College Readiness grant to help at-risk students earn college credits. Last year, the College of Western Idaho dual credit program used that program to help local students earn 272 college credits, and Ortiz was one of them.
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