TOMBSTONE — Tombstone High School juniors and seniors will have opportunities to enroll in courses at Cochise College tuition-free in the upcoming school year.
“Tombstone Unified School District will pay the tuition for college courses for students who are working toward a college certificate or associate’s degree,” THS Principal David Thursby announced Wednesday evening before a packed informational meeting where about 80 parents and students filled the high school’s common area to learn about dual and reverse college credit offerings for the 2019-2020 school year.
Two Cochise College staff members were on hand to answer questions and provide enrollment packets to help get students started in the application and registration process.
Barbara Richardson, the college’s assistant dean for outreach and Faye Luna, dual enrollment coordinator, urged interested students to start the process immediately, as the dual and reverse credit and online courses fill up quickly.
“These are very popular courses, and are typically full by the end of June,” she said.
Richardson walked the students and parents through the admission process and advised them to start filling applications out immediately so students could take the required accuplacer test — which serves as a college-readiness indicator — and get the mandatory advising completed.
“Make sure you work closely with both college and high school advisers when applying for college classes,” Tombstone High School Counselor Jamie Milligan said.
“If you’re planning to take a class, you will need to meet with me or Mr. Thursby for approval. Tombstone School District will pay for core classes as long as you’re working toward a certification or an associate’s degree and make a C or better in the course.”
Students will be responsible for such extra expenses as lab fees and books. In addition, students will be limited to two college courses a semester and juniors must take at least three high school blocks each semester.
There is an agreement form students will need to sign. Students interested in taking online classes will be provided a block of time at the high school to work on those courses through Cochise College, Milligan said.
Because online courses require a lot of self-discipline, Milligan noted that a lot of high school students are not particularly geared for the online options, one reason why the high school will set aside a block for those students.
Parents expressed being pleased with the school’s efforts to encourage students to take college courses.
“This is the best scenario for a high school student,” said David Barber, whose daughter, Alainna, is a senior. “It’s really great that the school is paying the tuition for the classes. I’m sure there are a lot of students who will be taking advantage of this opportunity.”