During the summer of 2015, Western Kentucky University’s Dual Credit program provided fifteen high school students with a rare opportunity to not only take a college course for university credit, but to also immerse themselves in the subject in New York City.
Through a collaboration between Dual Credit, Study Away, Department of Economics, and Department of Theatre & Dance, students were able to enroll in one of two online courses: THEA 151 Theatre Appreciation or ECON 150 Introduction to Economics. Following three weeks of online coursework, the students traveled to New York City with their university instructors and staff from WKU including Brittney Sholar and Dewayne Neeley from Dual Credit.
Our dual credit students were able to fully experience what they learned during their coursework and apply it in a real-world setting. This is an opportunity that “regular” WKU students have on a regular basis through Study Away and Study Abroad courses, and we were excited to extend the same experience to high school students.
While in NYC, students attended four Broadway shows and visited the Federal Reserve. They also spent time in Chinatown and Little Italy, toured Freedom Tower at One World Trade Center, visited the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, explored Central Park, and took in a New York Yankees game.
Students get to experience other cultures and learn what it is like to be out of their comfort zones when they study away. Courses like this allow students to experience something new and the students may even apply the lessons they learn from their classes while they are traveling.
Students agree that courses created an unforgettable experience for them. “It was one of the best weeks of my life with some of the most wonderful people I’ve ever met,” said one student. “I will never forget this once-in-a-lifetime trip.”