High school teachers train to teach new dual credit courses

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Freshmen through seniors can earn certificates and college credit.

By Alejandro Diaz

sac-ranger@alamo.edu

Ten high school teachers from East Central, Brackenridge, Lanier, Burbank, Harlandale and La Vernia completed training at this college during the summer in preparation for dual credit courses that started this fall.

This training allowed these teachers to earn credentials to teach college-level courses and improve their résumés in the process, Vernell Walker, dean of professional and technical education, said.

The teachers were training to teach courses that will lead high school students, from freshmen through seniors, to obtain marketable skills certificates in computer application specialist and multimedia specialist while still in high school.

This is the first time certificate courses in professional and technical programs have been offered as dual credit.

High school teachers allowed to teach dual credit courses must meet the same academic qualifications as teachers at this college.

Kim Muschalek, teacher in the administrative computer technology program, and Troy Touchette, chair of computer information systems, were in charge of the training.

Muschalek was in charge of the training for the computer application specialist certificate and Touchette did the same for the multimedia specialist certificate.

“We had 10 teachers during the training. It lasted two weeks, eight hours a day and we went through the same material that was going to be covered in those courses,” Muschalek said.

The training is the same whether the adjunct is going to teach in person or online.

In addition to the course content, teachers also learned to use the software required of faculty at this college, including Canvas learning management system; Concourse software for syllabuses; eLumen learning outcome measurement software; and ACES, the district’s online interface with students, faculty and staff.

Muschaleck also said the teachers learned requirements for Smart Start and Early Alert. These are district requirements to submit students’ progress.

Next semester, the college hopes to offer additional certificates in criminal justice and communication design.

Touchette did not respond to calls and emails requesting an interview.

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