Stan Wheeler, Assistant Dean of Instruction, Early College, Vincennes University


Stan Wheeler, Assistant Dean of Instruction, Early College, Vincennes University recently spoke at the Kiwanis dinner meeting at The Kitchen on the Square in Scottsburg.  Pictured with Stan is Al Riggle, Secretary of the Scottsburg Kiwanis ClubVincennes University is the oldest college in Indiana.  It offers career and technical education through two year programs and offers Bacalaureate on campus programs.  Prosser has been working with students in the career and technical education programs since 1969.  Through Vincennes University cost per credit hour is approximately $177 per hour.  There are sixty-four students from Scott County enrolled in this program currently.
Vincennes University and Prosser participate in an Early College Partnership.  The university has an enrollment on campus of 4,417 students and 18,920 system wide.  Vincennes prides themselves on being affordable, accessible and being transferable.  Enrollment at Prosser is 1,316.  Students come from twenty-one high schools an home schooled students.  Prosser has twenty-four college and career readiness preparation programs and they award 951 program specific certificates.  Last year students earned 6,481 college credits.  Their students have a 96% graduation rate vs 87% for Indiana. 
The Early College Program reflects a national initiative with goals to increase high school graduation rates, increase postsecondary entrance and graduation rates, remove barriers to postsecondary access and ease the transition from high school to college.  The Early College Program increases college enrollment without additional investment in bricks and mortar projects at traditional campuses.  It reduces the college costs for families of students who participate and it fosters the skill sets of high school students whose goals may not include a bachelor’s degree, but who wish to quickly acquire the credentials needed for immediate job opportunities. 
Vincennes University and Prosser have three Early College Programs:  Law Enforcement, Precision Machining, and Automotive Services.  Two hundred thirty-three students registered as Early College students (136 first year students).  They have six Project EXCEL Programs (84 total credit hours) plus Vincennes University Aircraft Operations/Flight for 18 total credit hours. 
The Early College Program works on certificate programs first (stackable credentials) then Associate Degrees.  Students are motivated and qualified.  General education electives are taken at home schools or through other means.  The Early College Program also offers community support such as internships, job shadowing, mock interviews and sharing information. 
For more information or a presentation on the Early College Program at Vincennes University/Prosser, contact Stan Wheeler, Assistant Dean of Instruction, Early College at 812-981-7680 or  The Kiwanis members thanked Stan for an informative presentation.

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