Green Bay Schools Announce Turbocharge

Published: Apr. 13, 2017 at 3:11 PM CDT
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A new program, launched Thursday, is hoping to have every student graduate high school with 15 college credits by the year 2023.

It's a new partnership between Green Bay Area Schools and local colleges called Turbocharge.

As 6th graders at Washington Middle School were getting charged up today during an assembly, they were also learning about the Turbocharge partnership between the Green Bay Area School District, NWTC and UW-Green Bay.

"I think it's a community statement to these students that we believe in them and that we want them to have an opportunity to go to college, we believe they are capable of doing that and we are here to find a way to make that happen," says UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary Miller.

While many high school students currently earn some college credits, the goal of Turbocharge is to ensure every one of these student graduates with 15 college credits in 2023.

School officials say the program will offer more than 100 opportunities to earn those credits, will making college a little more affordable.

"That's the investment to making sure that we have the people who are going to help the students transition, to help the parents fill out the FAFSA forms and make sure all of those scholarships are in the que so they can get every opportunity that they should have," says Green Bay Area School District Superintendent Dr. Michelle Langenfeld.

Colleges say offering free credits in high school is an investment that pays off.

"Students that get 15 credits, that's kind of the tipping point, where if they come in with 15 credits they are most likely to persist and complete," says NWTC President Jeff Rafn.

As the first district in the state to offer a program like this, Green Bay Schools say it could also boost enrollment.

"We see this as an opportunity for the children we serve, but there may be others who want to join as well," says Langenfeld.