Maine high schoolers flock to early college programs

Noel Gallagher:

A record number of Maine high school students are getting college credit by taking college-level courses at their high school or a local college, in large part to cut the rising cost of a college degree.

Educators, students and their families, and politicians enthusiastically back these so-called “early college programs,” which are offered a number of different ways.

Some students go to a nearby college to take a class, with the state and college splitting the cost of tuition, while other students take college-approved courses at their own high schools after their teachers go through specialized training. Still other students are enrolled in smaller, highly organized, multi-year programs that result in seniors graduating with a full year of college credit at virtually no cost.