Under the agreement, Newcomb students who pay tuition for the program can earn up to 45 college credits for certain high-school classes. During the upcoming school year, Newcomb will offer up to 10 advanced studies courses, including finite math, English composition 1, financial accounting, business law and physics.
“This is a huge opportunity for our students,” Skip Hults, superintendent of Newcomb Central School, said in a statement to the press announcing the partnership. “Programs such as this give students confidence and increase their chances of going on to grad school later. It’s also a much less expensive path to a baccalaureate degree.”
Hults has nearly doubled Newcomb’s enrollment in recent years by recruiting international students to the school district, effectively turning around its declining enrollment and saving the school from consolidation. Hults believes the partnership with Paul Smith’s College will help out even further.
“This will allow us to reach out to the brightest of the bright,” Hults said. “We’re sweetening the deal for many international students, who could potentially transfer to Paul Smith’s and continue their education more easily, and more cheaply. This will open the door for a longer stay.”
John W. Mills, president of Paul Smith’s College, agreed, but the partnership might not end there. “We want to eventually offer an associate degree in integrative studies at Newcomb,” said Amy Tuthill, director of Transfer Services at Paul Smith’s College. “But that would require a branch campus at Newcomb, which is the ultimate goal.”
Photo: Superintendent of Newcomb Central School Skip Hults, left, and Paul Smith’s College President John W. Mills, right, sign the agreement July 15 (provided).