Zumwalt District, College to Collaborate on Plan for Vocational Students

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St. Charles County Community College and the Fort Zumwalt School District intend to make college less intimidating and more inviting to hundreds who graduate from high school with vocational skills.

The college's trustees accepted an offer Tuesday to work with Fort Zumwalt administrators on a new high school vocational program. Fort Zumwalt administrators and teachers are designing a vocational program that will direct many students into further education at community colleges or technical schools.

Larry Smith, director of curriculum and instruction at Fort Zumwalt, asked the college to help in setting standards that students must reach to continue their education at the community college. Agreements between the school district and college would prevent students from duplicating courses or losing credit for work accomplished.

"We want to provide our students a smooth transition," Smith said. "Our teachers would work with your teachers to decide what kind of courses do we want to offer. In some cases we might be dual enrollment."

Carol Ballantyne, dean of instruction at the college, says she approved the Fort Zumwalt plan and that college instructors already work with all high schools in the county about standards that students need to enter college.

"We think this is a wonderful effort and (Zumwalt) has done a superior job," Ballantyne said.

Donald D. Shook, president of the college, said high schools in other districts had said they wanted to work with the college on proposing vocational programs. …