RIC Early Enrollment Program Expands
North Kingstown High School's Personal Finance class is now part of RIC's Early Enrollment Program
North Kingstown High School – through the college’s Early Enrollment Program – is now offering college credit-bearing courses to high school seniors and juniors. The high school offers its students a personal finance course. “Financial literacy is a hot course right now,” said Susan Poor, associate director of the program. “It’s an essential skill in this day and age. Students are coming out of that class with such a rich background in finance, which is such an important part of a student’s education.”
The class is part of the Rhode Island Financial Scholars program sponsored by People’s Credit Union and utilizes the EverFiTM platform, an online program tool that supplements school curriculum. Topics covered in the course include budgeting, credit scores, insurance, student loans, taxes, and saving and investing.
North Kingstown will offer a management class this fall, also as part of RIC’s early enrollment offerings.
More than 40 high schools throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts offer classes through the program, which allows students to pay reduced tuition to receive three college credits for certain courses as well as receiving credit toward their high school graduation requirements.
Early Enrollment Program courses are equivalent to corresponding courses at Rhode Island College. RIC professors work with high school teachers to examine and approve course content. The credits are accepted by RIC and at approximately 200 additional colleges and universities in the United States and Canada.
RIC also offers Early Enrollment Program courses in subjects including biology, literature, history, foreign languages and government. RIC’s Early Enrollment Program has been offering courses for more than 30 years and is the largest program of this type in the state.