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Bolton students tackle college-level courses

"It's an awesome opportunity for students," she said, noting that the students save money by earning college credits in high school. "The students have an opportunity to pursue advanced work in a comfortable environment and interact with a human being as opposed to just with a computer - It's outside of their comfort zone as far as work goes, so it's a nice segue from high school to the world of college."

Denne added she also appreciated the college-level courses because they gave her an opportunity to teach something new.

For Laura Beuerman, however, teaching college level courses isn't new. Now a a secondary English Language Arts teacher, she once taught English at Mississippi State University where she discovered that her students weren't prepared. So she decided she wanted to teach younger students, catch them earlier in an effort to prepare them for rigors of college-level courses. Now she's teaching two accredited SUNY Adirondack courses: English Composition 101 (Intro to College Writing) and English 108 (Writing About Literature) to high school students.

Beuerman said that with Bolton students accomplishing these courses before arriving at college allows them more time to adjust to college life. Plus, the course work is more rigorous and help better prepare Bolton students for college-level studies, she said.

"I've seen a lot of growth in my students that I wouldn't normally get to see," she said.

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