While high school is a challenging experience in itself, some students want and are capable of navigating a more rigorous academic experience. The Academy at Sauk Valley Community College provides a terrific opportunity for high school seniors to expand their horizons, get a jump on their college career, and learn from some of the best faculty in the nation.
"High-performing high school seniors have access to the college experience by attending classes full-time here at SVCC," said Dr. David Hellmich, President of Sauk Valley Community College. "Students who attend our Academy are highly motivated, are able to work independently, and have a desire to pursue coursework beyond the high school curriculum.
Once a student is admitted to the Academy, he or she works with an SVCC Advisor to create an academic program plan. In addition to meeting the challenge of high academic standards, the students develop leadership skills by engaging with some of the finest local community leaders.
"Students collaborate on a service project that benefits the Sauk Valley area, and join some of Sauk's best faculty on local educational excursions and experiences," added Hellmich. "I will teach a free one-credit leadership class to this year's Academy cohort, based on the 18th-century concept of students taking a class with the college president before graduating."
The benefits to students attending Sauk Valley Academy are outstanding. Students earn transferable college credit, can earn free admission into the Phi Theta Kappa academic honor society during the spring semester, and can earn eligibility for a Sauk Scholar Scholarship if they maintain an SVCC cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher after spring semester.
Sauk was recently recognized by the prestigious Aspen Institute as one of the top 150 community colleges in the country (out of 1,047). For Academy program information and application requirements, visit svcc.edu/academy or contact:
Sauk Valley Community College
173 IL-2, Dixon, IL 61021