NACEP is happy to welcome the Illinois Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (ILACEP), the Missouri Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (MoACEP), and the Utah Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (UACEP) as its newest affiliated state chapters. These local organizations were established to advocate for best practices, provide professional development to practitioners, and communicate the value of concurrent enrollment to stakeholders and legislators. NACEP is excited to work with these affiliated chapters toward improving concurrent enrollment delivery in their states.
UACEP began meeting almost twenty years ago to provide direction to a rapidly growing, legislatively initiated program. UACEP Co-chairs Jared Ferguson of Provo School District and Leilani Nautu of Southern Utah University wrote, “As leaders for concurrent enrollment in the state of Utah, we have worked for more than two decades to help our youth understand the value and opportunities that concurrent enrollment education provides. We believe that in our work to help students focus on college and career readiness, concurrent enrollment education is a critical component of this formula.”
They continued, “As we unite with NACEP to promote student opportunities for success, we recognize the connection between UACEP and NACEP, specifically to share the latest knowledge about best practices, research, and advocacy. We look forward to learning and contributing to the efforts of our concurrent enrollment colleagues across this great nation.”
ILACEP and MoACEP are younger organizations that quickly garnered support from local concurrent enrollment practitioners who immediately saw the benefit of creating a network that could support each other in this capacity.
David Naze, President of ILACEP and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at Prairie State College stated, “The state of Illinois has been making great strides in dual credit and dual enrollment for a number of years. It is our hope that ILACEP can now serve as a primary resource for all statewide bodies involved in providing high school students early college access in Illinois.”
MoACEP President Kathleen Burns, Director of the Advanced Credit Program at University of Missouri—St. Louis affirmed, “There is no better way to support advocacy and professional development in our state than by tapping into the extensive resources available through NACEP’s national network of professionals.” She continued, “Becoming an affiliated state chapter of NACEP’s will help us to ensure that the dual credit programs in Missouri are of the highest caliber.”
NACEP looks forward to working with each of these affiliated chapters to advance quality college courses in high school.