June 21, 2016

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – The number of in-district high school students participating in the Summer Honors Institute at John A. Logan College is on the upswing.

Average attendance in recent years has been about 125 students, but according to Scott Wernsman, Perkins Career Coordinator and Partnership Coordinator at JALC, the number has swelled to 172 this summer, which translates to 823 credit hours of coursework.

Eligible students are those who have accumulated a 3.25-to-4.0 grade-point average, top 20 percent class rank, or ACT composite score of 25 or higher. Students must also be incoming juniors or seniors.

“The Summer Honors Institute is a great way for students who have excelled in their first two or three years of high school to get ahead with college courses,” Wernsman said.  “It gives high school students a goal to strive for if they want to be part of the Summer Honors Institute.  It is a real testament to the student who wants to continue taking classes in the summer when that time is usually reserved for a break between semesters.”

Wernsman said all 11 high school districts that filter into the Logan district are represented.

“Students take mostly transfer courses both face-to-face and online,” he said. “A small majority take CTE (Career Technical) courses. Students average between 1-2 classes or 3-6 credit hours. Summer courses are eight weeks long. Students get tuition waived up to eight hours of credit, but do have to pay course fees and technology fees.”

Wernsman added that this summer marks the first year that registration for the Summer Honors Institute has been handled by the Dual Credit Office on campus.