academy and early college 2020 success

The Academy at EC3 (the Hardin County Schools Early College and Career Center) and the HCS Early College pathway continue to flourish. 

The Academy at EC3 and the Early College pathway are partnerships between HCS and Elizabethtown Community and Technical College that allow juniors and seniors to take college classes that count for high school credit and college credit hours.  The Academy at EC3 is home to high school juniors who take college classes from ECTC instructors and HCS instructors certified to teach dual credit courses.  Early College pathway students (seniors) take classes with ECTC students on the ECTC campus from college instructors. 

Here are some highlights of what the 2019-2020 Academy at EC3 and Early College pathway student accomplished:

  • 104 total students completed 1,328 total credit hours in the 2020 spring semester with an average grade point average (GPA) of 3.43.  1,411 credit hours were earned in the 2019 fall semester.  
  • In this group of 104 students, 72 students earned or will earn an associate's degree this semester or this summer.  
  • 96% of students who enrolled in the Academy at EC3 in 2018-19 earned an associate’s degree.
  • 30 students earned a spot on the ECTC President's Honor List during the 2020 spring semester.  Students must maintain a 4.0 GPA to earn President’s Honor List status. 
  • 17 students earned a spot on the ECTC President's Honor List during the 2019 fall semester.
  • 32 students earned Dean's List status during the 2020 spring semester.  Students must maintain at least 3.5 GPA to earn Dean’s List status. 
  • 31 students earned Dean's List status during the 2019 fall semester.

The following students have earned President's Honor List status all four semesters:

  • Ethan Baird – John Hardin High School
  • Tiffany Coogle – Central Hardin High School
  • Shannon Eklund – Central Hardin High School
  • Abigail Graham – Central Hardin High School
  • Kayla Lange – North Hardin High School
  • Naiya Sims – John Hardin High School
  • Connor Wilkerson – Central Hardin High School.

Numerous students earned Dean's List status or better for all four semesters.

“I just cannot adequately express the amount of pride I have for these students,” EC3 Principal Dan Robbins said.  “They work hard in the classroom.  They earn high honors in extracurricular activities at their high schools.  They give back to their community in amazing ways.  Our fruitful partnership with ECTC will pay dividends for these students for the rest of their lives.  I’m so grateful to all of the ECTC instructors and HCS family members who provide daily encouragement to them.” 

This group of Early College Pathway students is the second HCS class to graduate with a high school diploma and an associate’s degree. 

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