Representatives of Boone, Kanawha, and Putnam County Schools signed a memorandum of understanding with West Virginia State University allowing high school students in their counties to get a jump start on college education.
Through the 1 + 3 program, students can complete their first 30 hours of college credit while still in high school, and then finish their degrees at WVSU over the next three years.
The 1 + 3 program is for students seeking bachelor’s degrees in art, biology, business administration, chemistry and elementary education.
How to Apply:
- Complete the registration form which is available in your high school guidance office.
- Please complete all information including required signatures and courses desired to take for Yellow Jacket Connection (YJC) in high school.
- Submit your completed registration form to your high school counselor for counselor information and signature.
- The course instructor will receive a finalized roster with the students' WVSU A number (Student Identification Number) and instructions to log into MyState. MyState access allows the student to check their WVSU email, make online payments, view financial balances, and view unofficial transcripts.
Benefits to Students
- Registration forms are available at your high school guidance office.
- Fall registration takes place May-August. Spring registration takes place October-December.
- Students are registered into the university course(s) for which they have selected and meet the proper pre-requisites. Pre-requisites are listed in the University Catalog (2016-2017 catalog).
- Students are held to the same enrollment, withdrawal, and grading policies as for all university students enrolled on campus. The Student Handbook can be found here.
- Students have two weeks from the first day of school in their county to add/drop courses each semester. After this date, students will not be able to drop courses. The student will be responsible for the registration fee and will receive a grade on their permanent transcript.
Benefits to Parents
- By receiving college credit students have a leg up when starting at their institution of choice because they have already had experience in a college environment.
- Classes transfer throughout the state and the country.
- Students have the opportunity to graduate sooner because they have general classes out of the way.
- Opportunities afforded to traditional students at WVSU are available to YJC students such as full access to the library that allows them access to our databases online.
- Earning power increases with a college degree.
- Parents save money through YJC classes offered to high school students compared to regular college students because the classes cost less than classes offered on campus.
- By earning credits before college, students have a greater chance of graduating earlier which allows the parents or student to pay less for a college degree.
Course Offerings Available to High Schools
- American Music a Panorama
- Art Appreciation
- Beginning Spanish
- Business Information Skills
- College Algebra
- Elementary Spanish
- English Composition I
- English Composition II
- Environmental Biology
- Foundations of Education
- Health and Health Promotion
- Healthy Living
- History of the Holocaust
- Human Growth and Development
- Introduction to Computers and Their Apps
- Introduction to Criminal Justice
- Introduction to Literature
- Introduction to Psychology
- Introduction to Sociology
- Music Appreciation
- Mythology and Folklore
- Speech Communication
- Studio 1 Introduction to Art
- The Art of the Theatre
- US History
- World History
For a list of all courses that count as dual credit, please click here
- Professional Development Training will be held at a date to be determined in McGhee Suites in the University Union on WVSU campus. This is a mandatory training for all instructors wishing to teach in the 2016-2017 academic year. Dinner will be provided followed by department-specific training with on-campus faculty. Please RSVP to Megan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you interested in teaching a YJC Course?
- Fall 2017 Part-Time Faculty Orientation will be held at a date to be determined. Please plan to attend if you are new to the YJC program. Orientation is a required event for instructors in the Yellow Jacket Connection program.
If so, the process is fairly simple. You will submit your transcripts and resume to WVSU’s Director of Academic Educational Outreach, Mr. Nathan Gainer (email@example.com
). The Department Chair will then review your submission to determine if you meet WVSU qualifications. Yellow Jacket Connection instructors are held to the same standards as instructors applying to teach on-campus, in accordance with Title 133 Procedural Rule of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission. WVSU follows the guidelines for the offering of YJC courses for high school students found in Series 19. To view this policy, please click here
As a YJC instructor, you are considered part-time faculty at WVSU. This means you are able to access University resources such as library databases with your WVSU email login information. As a part-time faculty member, you are also required to attend an initial orientation once you have been appointed part-time faculty status. You are also required yearly professional development training. Both orientation and training will be held on-campus at WVSU. If for any reason you are unable to attend one, please inform the Office of Academic Educational Outreach. We will try to create an equal opportunity in another format or allow you to Skype in. Non-compliance with these two events will result in revocation of part-time faculty status for the academic year.
YJC Faculty Handbook
YJC Student Handbook
Current West Virginia State University YJC High School Partners
- Boone County Career and Technical Center
- Buffalo High School
- Capital High School
- George Washington High School
- Herbert Hoover High School
- Hurricane High School
- Nitro High School
- Ravenswood High School
- Riverside High School
- Scott High School
- Sherman high School
- Sissonville High School
- South Charleston High School
- St. Albans High School
- Teays Valley Christian School
- Upward Bound
- Winfield High School
If you do not see your high school listed, please check back. We are expanding our reach throughout West Virginia to neighboring counties.
If you want to speak to someone from WVSU, please contact Nathan Gainer (304) 766-3145 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
West Virginia State University, in accordance with Title 133 Procedural Rule of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, follows the guidelines for the offering of YJC courses for high school students found in Series 19. To view this policy, please click here