EDGE: Earn a Degree, Graduate Early (Early College High School at Union Public Schools) targets first-generation college students, those who come from families who have had no experience with college or expectation that their children will attend a university.
A: There will be no cost to students enrolled in Union’s EDGE program. Tuition, fees, and books will be covered by the partnership between Union Public Schools and Tulsa Community College. Students will be responsible for the cost of college admission exams. Fee waivers are available for the ACT and SAT for qualifying students.
A: No. Students will be invited to apply to EDGE.
A: The reason has to do with how the two programs are funded. Union Public Schools is paying TCC to offset the cost of the instructors for the EDGE program as part of this pilot program. The EDGE program also has an entirely different focus – recruiting first-generation college students, by invitation only – while the concurrent enrollment program is open to all students.
A: Union has multiple pathways for college and career success, whether it is concurrent enrollment, Advanced Placement, Union Virtual Learning Academy, the Career Connect Program, or EDGE. There is no “one size fits all.” Our job is to help students identify the pathway that best suits them given their talents, career interests, and future life goals.