Early College Advanced Placement High School Program
[COLLEGE CREDITS ON HIGH SCHOOL CAMPUSES]
The University of the Commonwealth Caribbean (UCC) is embarking upon a major partnership initiative with interested high schools in Jamaica.
Meeting with the Ministry of Education on October 11, 2017
HOW IT WORKS
Secondary School Selection Process: UCC will first identify five centrally located high schools which will form clusters in each of ten parishes, which will serve as non-campus bases for the University.
UCC‟s Online Support: Students will also benefit from complimentary access to Online, On-Demand Video Courses available from UCC‟s US educational technology partners - Coursera, Edex and Udemy - via the University‟s website. These courses are taught by faculty members from several major US universities. This program component will provide flexible online support and enrich the student educational experience, as they pursue their Associate Degrees.
Associate Degrees Available: Other secondary schools in the vicinity will be invited to recommend prospective Grade 12 students to these UCC bases, in order to pursue either an accredited UCC Associate Degree, such as Business Administration or Hospitality and Tourism Management, or a proposed Occupational Associate Degree, designed and developed by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, with the goal of completion by Grade 13. The proposed Occupational Associate Degrees available will focus upon Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Business Process Management, Retailing, and Information Technology.
This initiative is in keeping also with the articulated policy of the Honourable Minister of Education, Youth and Information, who seeks to ensure that all secondary school graduates have an opportunity to earn an Associate Degree by the time Grade 13 is completed.
Scholarships/Student Loans: The UCC will provide a 50% tuition scholarship sponsored by the UCC Foundation US Inc. for all successful applicants who are accepted into such UCC Associate Degree programs, while also planning to offer the proposed Occupational Degrees mentioned at the selected outreach locations. The University is already offering two Occupational Associate Degrees in Kingston, both fully funded by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information.
We are also pleased to advise that as a result of a formal agreement executed between the University of the Commonwealth Caribbean and the Student Loan Bureau (SLB), in early 2017, registered UCC students of this outreach initiative may also now access financial assistance for the full duration of their programs of study, instead of only annually.
Infrastructure Development Credits: This partnership would also add value to participating secondary schools, which would benefit from an infrastructure development credit, consisting of 10% of all first year tuition payments made by students graduating from their schools, once they have matriculated into the UCC Associate Degree program.
Corporate Internships: Students and graduates of the UCC‟s Associate and Occupational Degrees will benefit from local commercial and industrial linkages, which will allow them to gain hands-on experience in a variety of ways, as well as the potential for employment following graduation. This will create a workforce pipeline that will be very attractive to corporate Jamaica.
It is our expectation that our partner corporations will mentor and provide internships for students seeking needed Associate Degrees, so that when they graduate, they are ideal candidates to fill critical workforce positions. They will, therefore, provide a hiring advantage to graduates who successfully complete this program, compared with other applicants.
Faculty Selection: For quality assurance purposes, UCC adjunct faculty members who teach in the UCC Associate Degree Programs in the selected high schools will be carefully vetted by the University, applying the Standards of the University Council of Jamaica, our local accreditation body.
Summer School Academy/Advanced Placement Program: The UCC will also be offering access to its Advanced Placement (AP) Program through its annual Summer School Academy.
This innovative program allows achievement-oriented students, with a GPA >3.0, to enroll in introductory University courses during the summers (6 credits/summer), after completing Grades 10 and 11 - after CXC and prior to beginning Sixth Form (Grade 12). Credits earned from successfully completing these introductory University courses will therefore be credited towards their advanced standing at UCC, by means of credit transfer.
Banked University Credits: University credits completed by students during the summer school academy, whilst also pursuing CXC subjects during the normal academic year, cannot be applied to the selected degree program, until after secondary school graduation. In effect, this means that students have two summer sessions in which to enroll in up to four introductory UCC courses, and would "bank" earned credits, until it is possible for them to be admitted into an appropriate UCC degree program.
UCC Regional Campus Option: Additionally, high school students beginning in Grade 12 will also have the option to pursue their UCC accredited Associate Degree or the proposed MOEYI Occupational Associate Degree at a UCC Regional Campus, in Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, May Pen, Denbigh, or Mandeville – and in due course, Savanna-La-Mar.
Advanced Placement in UCC‟s or FIU‟s Upper Level Bachelor Degree Programs: Successful graduates of this program who wish to pursue further studies, will have the opportunity for advanced placement into either the UCC‟s Bachelor Degree programs in Kingston, or at a Regional Campus, or the Florida International University (FIU) Bachelor Degree programs to be offered in Jamaica through the UCC. The UCC has sponsored and facilitated several FIU undergraduate and graduate degree programs locally during the past twenty years.