Many Lowcountry students unprepared for college coursework

CHARLESTON, SC – With another year of school underway, the reality for many Lowcountry students heading to college is that they will not be ready for college level courses.

“Taking that AP classes made me realize that CP classes and even some honors classes are a lot easier, but you get to college it’s not that easy,” Nick Fox, 2014 high school grad, told Rebecca Collett.

According to a recent report from Cradle to Career, some 50% of recent high school graduates report gaps in preparation for life after high school. Up to 26% of all college freshmen need remedial courses.

“Our recent high school grads, a large portion, need some sort of boost,” Cathy Almquist, Trident Technical College Director of Institutional Research and Assessment, said.

According to Cradle to Career, 9 of 10 students needed math remediation at TTC.  Two of five  needed English remediation.  One of three needed reading remediation

By 2018, it’s estimated 25,000 new jobs will be created in our region, yet local high schools and colleges are currently unable to meet this anticipated workforce demand.

John Truluck, the Director of Economic Development in Dorchester County, told News 2 the real gap is the two year technical degree. He says technical jobs is  where many graduates will find work in the future.

According to TTC,  in most recent incoming class of students, 14% from Dorchester County were prepared for college level course work. Of those from Berkeley County, 13 percent were fully prepared, and 11 percent from Charleston County were prepared.

A spokesman for Charleston County Schools says this year the school district launched a new software to track students after graduation. They also have 17 dedicated positions to help students with disabilities.

The full report from Cradle to Career can be found at http://tricountycradletocareer.org/

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