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High school classrooms around the state will be showcasing a bit of Titan pride this year as they feature a new sign that identifies the classrooms where students can earn college credits.

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Cooperative Academic Partnership Program (CAPP) works with 120 Wisconsin high schools to offer 342 courses in a variety of content areas including accounting, criminal justice, engineering tech, radio tv film and more. All CAPP courses are taught by University-approved high school teachers and are as rigorous as the courses offered on the UW Oshkosh college campus.

Kaukauna high school teacher Stefanie Stainton benefited from CAPP as a student and is now reciprocating the benefit to her students by teaching the Biology 104 CAPP course.

“At Kaukauna, we offer a number of CAPP courses which is really exciting because our students can earn credits in a wide variety of content areas,” Stainton said. “This will give them more time to focus on their intended major while earning the credits at an affordable rate. By taking this initiative, my students are setting themselves up for future success.”

CAPP director John Dobyns ’92 says while the benefits to students are often clear, it is also a great experience for the educators.

“What is nice about our program is the students experience a seamless transition to college and their teachers also benefit from meaningful, ongoing professional development, we provide for our 350 CAPP adjuncts,” he said.

2019-2020 school year

Eleven new high schools joined CAPP, boosting the number of student applications to more than 4,700 for the upcoming school year. Additional courses also have been added to the curriculum.

“We are running some new courses including Medical Terminology, Intermediate Chinese IV and Introduction to Japanese II. It is exciting to see our program continue to grow in the number of attending students, teachers in the classroom and the variety of courses offered, ” said Dobyns.

UW Oshkosh CAPP remains the only concurrent enrollment program in Wisconsin accredited through the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP) – a professional organization for high schools and colleges that fosters and supports rigorous concurrent enrollment.

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