Students at Barren County High School will soon be able to receive dual high school and Western Kentucky University credit for taking various fine arts classes.
Mark Wallace, assistant superintendent for Barren County schools said this partnership with WKU is substantial.
“We feel like this is important for our students, whether they have an interest in art or not, but especially those who have an interest, to be able to experience the course that is at a college level in terms of curriculum, content. So they can experience that,” Wallace said. “It helps to better prepare them for a college class.”
BCHS will be hosting a Capstone signing ceremony to celebrate the collaboration and to showcase the artistic abilities of students, both past and present. The program will be 5:30 p.m. Feb. 18 at BCHS’s auditorium. Individuals who plan to attend need to RSVP by emailing stephanie.spence@barren. kyschools.us or calling 270-651-3787.
Culinary arts students at BCHS will be preparing and serving hors d’oeuvres at the start of the event, Wallace said, and people can view various art and humanities projects. Tunes played by BCHS band and orchestra will be heard during the program. There will also be speakers, he said.
“Mr. [Bo] Matthews will speak about the arts and Capstone signing, ... and we do have an alumni student who is going to talk about [art] projects as well as talk about his experiences in the theater and drama and what it’s like to be at the college level,” Wallace said.
Wallace said this is not the first Capstone agreement made with WKU.
“We actually started with an AG Capstone agreement in, I believe, 2012,” Wallace said. “And that was basically establishing a pathway for students to earn dual-credit in agriculture."
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