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College to partner with West Carroll High

Enhanced classroom to bring distance-learning, dual-credit courses, other benefits

THOMSON – West Carroll High School is partnering with Sauk Valley Community College on an enhanced classroom.

Sauk President George Mihel attended a West Carroll board of education meeting recently to explain how the college hopes to enhance the high school. Alan Pfeifer, dean of information services, and assistant professor Jon Mandrell, accompanied him.

Sauk officials began brainstorming ways to enhance its relationship with all of the school districts, especially West Carroll, which is the farthest away from the Dixon campus. The idea of an enhanced classroom came to them, Mihel said.

The classroom work will be done in phases, and the room should be operational after winter break, he said. The goal is to make it a college-level classroom that can be used for multiple purposes, such as dual-credit courses.

The plan is to design a room that really expresses a college mood “to really push them (students) to go to the next level,” Mandrell said.

He also wants it to display success stories from former West Carroll students who have gone to Sauk.

The room will include technology to allow for long-distance learning. Mandrell said they also have talked about adding courses that would be beneficial to all students, such as psychology and math. 

Pfeifer said this would be a great way for students to get used to college. Mandrell pointed out that the programs could be tailored to the high school’s needs.

Superintendent Craig Mathers said it is a great opportunity for the school. The idea of using the enhanced classroom for night classes or as a community room was discussed. Mike Highland, board president, said he is looking forward to the partnership.

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