Viking U Pioneer Pathway
BTCS and Tusculum University Announce Associate's Degree Program for Students
Posted on 05/07/2020
Viking U Pioneer Pathway

Bristol Tennessee City Schools is proud to announce the Viking U Pioneer Pathway, a dual enrollment program through Tusculum University that will offer high school students the opportunity to complete an associate’s degree in general studies prior to high school graduation.

The program, which will be online and taught by Tusculum University faculty, will offer courses in a 15-week format broken into 2, 7-week terms. Students will also have the option to come to the Tusculum University campus to participate but will not be required to do so.

In order to be eligible, students must have completed tenth grade, have a weighted GPA of 3.0 or higher and meet admissions requirements set forth by Tusculum University, including state achievement tests such as the ACT, SAT or PLAN.

“We are grateful for this partnership with Tusculum University,” said Dr. Annette Tudor, interim director of schools for Bristol Tennessee City Schools. “We know that providing students opportunities for more rigorous course work during high school better prepares them for college and increases their chances of completing postsecondary degrees.”

“Tusculum University values its relationships with local schools and welcomes this opportunity to help students in Bristol Tennessee City Schools attain a college degree upon graduating from high school,” said Dr. Blair Henley, Tusculum’s vice president and chief information officer. “Using a variety of funding sources, our university has cut the out-of-pocket cost for these students by 50%. We are also reducing the time students need to earn an undergraduate degree and empowering them to enter the workforce earlier with a valuable post-secondary credential.”

The tuition and fees for the program will be set by Tusculum University. High school counselors will support students in their efforts to identify and apply for available grants and scholarships. Tusculum will also offer a payment plan for students.

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