The Lebanon High School Early College memorandum of understanding establishes an accelerated program that will allow Lebanon High School students to simultaneously complete their high school diploma and earn an associate degree – which will make them eligible to attend OSU and apply for a $3,000 scholarship.
The program has been developed as a stepping-stone for the LBCC/OSU Degree Partnership program.
“This is another effort designed to help our students finish what they start in their college educations,” said LBCC President Greg Hamann. “Working in partnership with Lebanon High School and Oregon State University, this will help students reach their goals by removing geographic and financial barriers that might otherwise delay them.”
LBCC and LHS already partner in a program called Beyond LHS, in which qualified LHS students attend classes at LBCC, earning both an associate degree and a high school diploma.
The Early College program will allow students to attend college classes on the LHS campus, and earn credits toward their associate degree using both programs.
LBCC has a large degree partnership program with OSU, with about 1,000 students enrolled in the program each term. Students can attend classes at both institutions while having the services of both LBCC and OSU available for their use.
LBCC has other partnerships with area high schools and Oregon colleges, with more to come, said Hamann.
“Our partnership programs with area high schools as well as our partnership with Oregon State University – the Degree Partnership Program – creates accessible and affordable pathways for many to pursue a 2-year degree, 4-year degree, and beyond,” said Hamann.