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University to offer college courses to WCHS students

Ashley Wise Apr 17, 2019

Waynesburg University will offer courses to Waynesburg Central High School (WCHS) students through its new Achievement Academy, beginning August 2019.

This dual enrollment program will provide a pathway for qualified WCHS juniors and seniors to earn college credits. Courses in art, English, history, math, music, psychology and theatre will be offered.

“Through our partnership with WCHS to pilot the Achievement Academy, we can offer students high quality benefits including cost savings, a smoother transition between high school and college, and exposure to college-level work while still in high school, which will ultimately increase their ability to succeed and complete their bachelor’s degree faster,” said Dr. Shari Payne, vice president for enrollment at Waynesburg University.

This early opportunity for WCHS students to take university-level courses taught by university faculty while satisfying their high school curriculum requirements was made possible through a partnership with WCHS as well as Waynesburg University’s status as an Educational Improvement Organization (EIO).

Our students deserve this wonderful opportunity to draw down future student debt while simultaneously experiencing quality higher education learning opportunities.”

Dr. Helen McCracken, superintendent of Central Greene School District

“We are proud to partner with our learning neighbors on this endeavor and look forward to this plan as the beginning gateway to potential future experiences involving us working together,“ said Dr. Helen McCracken, superintendent of Central Greene School District. “This is an exciting and humbling time for the students of the Central Greene School District.”

Given the proximity to Waynesburg University’s campus, WCHS was a natural fit for piloting the Achievement Academy. If the pilot program is successful, enrollment opportunities in the Achievement Academy may be extended to students in other area high schools.

The University’s designation as an Educational Improvement Organization through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program provides eligible businesses with the opportunity to receive awards of state tax credits for their support of the Achievement Academy at Waynesburg University. Businesses interested in learning more about the tax credit program should contact Jena Prokopchuk at or 724-852-3387.

WCHS students interested in enrolling in the Achievement Academy should contact Bob Barnhart at or 724-852-3346.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is one of only 22 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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