Families should learn more about PSEO program

One of the strengths of the Ohio education system is the Post-Secondary Education Options (PSEO). PSEO lets a high school student enroll in college-level courses and complete those courses at the college-sometimes online. PSEO students can carry a full-time load at Washington State Community College (WSCC) and after two years of course work graduate, concurrently, with a high school diploma and an associate degree. This is a tremendous savings in time and money. Some PSEO students choose to enroll part-time in WSCC courses to explore a career path or earn transferable general education courses. They can then go on to attend a four-year college or university or enter the workforce as a college graduate or transfer student. WSCC enrolls between 250-300 PSEO students each semester. This year WSCC will recognize 40 graduating PSEO students with an associate degree in liberal arts transfer. Some are earning their first college degree at age 17 or 18! Their commitment to reaching this goal is commendable.

We invite any high school student and their families who would like to learn more about earning college credit during high school to attend the PSEO information sessions at WSCC on Thursday, April 25, or Tuesday, April 30, at 6 p.m. Feel free to contact the college at (740) 568-1930 for additional information.

John W. Tigue, Ph.D., vice president for academic affairs

Deb Goins, assistant director of advising Washington State Community College

Special thanks to local fire, rescue workers

I would like to send out a special “thank you” and a big hug to all of the local fire and rescue workers. Whether they are paid or unpaid, these men and women put all of their heart and soul in to what they do. These folks take time away from their loved ones to answer calls for help at all hours of the day and night. They see things that no eye should see, and rescue people from situations that most of us could not even imagine. Many times, our rescue workers spend countless hours serving their communities, and then go home and get ready to go to “work” on little or no sleep. While the outcomes achieved by our rescue teams may not always be ideal, you can always bet that they have given their all and more to get your family member to safety as quickly as possible!

Holly West