Transfer Academy Gives High School Students Head Start


This fall, IVCC has officially launched its Transfer Academy at the Ottawa Center.

As college tuition prices rise, students, parents and local high schools are striving to help students earn college credit while still in high school. The Transfer Academy may be accessed by all the high schools in the 513 District.

However, only four of the 22 high schools are sending students to campus. Those high schools include Serena, Marquette, LaSalle-Peru, and Henry.

Dr. Deborah Anderson, Vice President of Academic Affairs, mentioned that the main goal of the Transfer Academy was to help students earn general education requirements for their college degree while still in high school.

“The accelerated format allows students to complete the general education core curriculum during their junior and senior years,” Anderson said.

Throughout this fall semester, 10 students from various local high schools will be traveling to IVCC during the afternoon to complete certain courses.

This fall, courses that are offered to Transfer Academy students at the Ottawa Center include Global Environment, Intro to Theater, Intro to Speech, Strategies for College and Intro to Astronomy.

At the main campus in Oglesby, the courses being offered are English Composition I, Calculus I, and General Biology.

One of the best benefits of participating in the Transfer Academy is being able to graduate high school with an associate degree.

Looking to get ahead in college? Or you know a determined high school student who is? Contact your high school counselor, IVCC Dual Credit Coordinator at 815-224-0598 or [email protected] to enroll in the Spring 2020 Transfer Academy.