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MUSD rolling out Delta classes at high schools

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POSTED April 17, 2017 12:28 a.m.

Manteca Unified high school students starting next fall will be able to take Delta College classes after school at Weston Ranch High and Sierra High.

It is part of an effort to expand collaboration with Delta College to not only step up education offerings at district high schools but to allow students to get a head start on community college credits.

The initial courses will include American Sign Language at Sierra High and Nutrition at Weston Ranch High. The classes will be open to all high school students throughout Manteca Unified.

“We decided the sign language would be a good fit for Sierra High as there is a number of hearing impaired students at the campus,” noted Clara Schmiedt, Senior Director of Secondary Education.

Schmiedt added that a number of students have expressed a desire to learn sign language so they can better communicate with their fellow peers that have hearing issues.

Manteca Unified students taking the Delta College classes would not be charged. Community colleges currently cost $46 a unit making a typical semester class cost $132.

Schmiedt noted Delta College faculty will instruct the classes.

Manteca Unified currently has 12 high school classes articulated with Delta College, two articulated with Modesto Junior College, and two articulated with the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. The 16 classes are part of the high school offerings at Manteca Unified campuses. Students can apply for college credit by meeting the minimum requirements of a “B” or better in the high school course. The Modesto JC and Delta courses are advanced placement courses.

Delta College’s nursing program is involved extensively with the be.vital effort at Weston Ranch High as well as career and technical education health career classes conducted at Manteca High and Lathrop High. The effort allows students to develop basic nursing skills to be ready community classroom experiences with local hospitals and healthcare providers.

Schmiedt said the district intends to articulate additional career and technical education classes as complementary class become available from Delta College and other post-secondary institutions.

 

To contact Dennis Wyatt, email dwyatt@mantecabulletin.com

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