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Articulation agreement receiving much attention from local high schools

Missouri Western brings in business students from local, public high schools through a recently signed articulation agreement for students to earn college credit.

Dr. Robert Vartabedian and Dr. Jaime Dial, assistant director of secondary education for St. Joseph School District sign the agreement to allow  High school business students earn college credit at Missouri Western State University.
Dr. Robert Vartabedian and Dr. Jaime Dial, assistant director of secondary education for St. Joseph School District sign the agreement to allow High school business students earn college credit at Missouri Western State University.

The articulation agreement signed by Western will allow students at Benton, Central and Lafayette high school to earn three credit hours after taking six semesters of courses centered on the business field.

“Students at the high school level will take various courses related to business,” David Jordan, St. Joseph School District business and marketing coordinator said.  “These courses will focus on economics, marketing, management, finance, business strategies and cover all of the Introduction to Business courses.”

Students will only be able to attain college credit after attending a semester at Missouri Western.

“Students taking part in the High School of Business Program must earn a ‘B’ average before completing one full semester at Missouri Western in order to earn articulated credit,” Cindy Heider, associate vice president for academic affairs said.

After planning the program for two years, Missouri Western has seen a very positive response from the local high schools.

“Over 90 students from the three public high schools attended the formal signing of the articulation agreement,” Jordan said.  “The number of students interested in the program from Central alone has tripled.”

Missouri Western is currently taking applications from high school students wanting to take part in the High School Business Program.

“We are still taking applications for any students that are interested,” Tom Williamson, assistant to the chair of the business department of Missouri Western said.  “Over 150 applications from two of those schools have already been received.”

Both Williamson and Jordan hope that the articulation agreement between Missouri Western and the St. Joseph School District will benefit Missouri Western in a variety of ways.

“We’re very excited about it, and see it as an opportunity to generate interest in the business program at Missouri Western,” Jordan said.

Williamson agrees, and believes that it will also be a great thing for the St. Joseph School District as well.

“I think it will benefit Missouri Western as well as the school district, because more students from those three St. Joseph schools go to Missouri Western than any other institution,” Williamson said.  “It will benefit those students who are going to be business majors in that those students will have the exact background that they need to be successful in the Craig School of Business.”

Williamson is hopeful the program will expand to other school districts as well.  He said that other school districts are watching what Missouri Western is doing in regards to the articulation agreement.

There are currently over 90 students enrolled in the program, and with 150 applications received from two of the three high schools involved, the number is expected to increase, Williamson said.

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