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May 3, 2014

Schools adding more opportunities for students



High school students saving thousands of dollars with program

Local colleges offer an abundance of options

Program paid big dividends for local teacher

What's in it for teachers? Pride, but no extra pay

The credits are transferable to colleges and universities, so ACE not only prepares students for post-secondary work, it also lessens the cost of attaining a degree, he said.

“We have over 200 students enrolled in taking a college course now at Greater Johnstown High School,” he said. “Furthermore, of that 200, 110 are taking between six and 10 college credits this year alone. We are extremely proud of their effort and commitment to investing in their future and the future of Johnstown.”

Greater Johnstown Superintendent Gerald Zahorchak said the school’s strategy to enhance ACE and its sister program is to raise expectations for all students who demonstrate a readiness for college work, regardless of the age of the students.

“Once we begin graduating dozens of students who have 60 college credits and an associate degree granted at the end of their senior year of high school, many more students and their families will begin to aspire to reach similar goals,” Zahorchak said. “Our entire region will benefit along with the children who save thousands of dollars against college costs.”

Pitching in

Vuckovich said the high school raises funds to help cover costs associated with the dual-enrollment programs.

“We have been extremely fortunate to have wonderful community individuals and organizations as well as various business and industry leaders support our students’ efforts in taking college courses while in high school,” he said.

Frank Sojak is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at

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