For Immediate Release
Date: August 15, 2006
BLOOMSBURG— Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania is giving high school students a chance to “ace” college courses.
The Advance College Experience Program (ACE) offers qualified juniors and seniors at local high schools the opportunity to enroll in for-credit university courses while still in high school. Students in the program may also save up to 75 percent on college tuition.
Dana Weksner was a junior at Bloomsburg High School when she heard about the ACE program. She always planned to attend college and her guidance counselor suggested she apply to the program to get an early start.
“This was something I’ve always wanted to do, so I applied, sent in my transcripts and letters of recommendation and I got accepted,” Weksner said.
This summer, Weksner completed General Psychology for 3 college credits. She plans to take Composition I in the fall and hopes to continue taking courses every semester until she graduates and the following summer.
“Being part of the college atmosphere was amazing. I loved every minute of it,” said Weksner.
After completing her first course at BU, Weksner suggested that her friends also apply to the ACE program. Going into her senior year at Bloomsburg High School, she doesn’t know whether she will attend BU, but she is certain of her major.
“I already know that I want to major in nursing. This will help me get my general education courses out of the way so I can concentrate on more in-depth courses later,” said Weksner.
In addition to Bloomsburg, the following school districts participate in BU’s ACE program: Benton Area, Berwick Area, Central Columbia, Danville Area, East Lycoming, Jersey Shore, Line Mountain, Midd-West, Mifflinburg Area, Millville Area, Montgomery Area, Mount Carmel, Muncy, Northwest Area, Phoenixville, Selinsgrove, Shamokin Area, Shenandoah Valley, Shikellamy, Southern Columbia and Warrior Run. Also eligible are students from Cardinal Brennan High School, Columbia County Christian School, Columbia-Montour Vocational Technical School and Our Lady of Lourdes High School.
Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students and offers 58 bachelor’s, 16 master’s and one doctoral degree.