MANITOWOC, Wis. — Silver Lake College has given Roncalli High School students the opportunity to earn college credits while still in high school, by offering a dual-credit theology course. This semester, 11 students from Roncalli are enrolled in the course, “Catholic Theological Foundations.”
Paul Schweigl, instructor of religious studies at Roncalli and a Silver Lake College adjunct faculty member, is teaching the course at Roncalli. Those students who pass the course earn three college credits as a result.
“It would be hard to imagine a more fruitful partnership for Roncalli than with Silver Lake College,” Schweigl said. “It has been a joy to work with everyone at the college in setting up this tremendous opportunity for our students. The students have truly risen to the level of a college course. The class discussions so far have been a teacher’s dream.”
The Roncalli students enrolled in the dual-credit course have access to the Silver Lake College library databases. They visited the college to familiarize themselves with available resources and to obtain their college IDs, which double as their library cards.
“We want them to have access to all of the resources available to our regular students,” said Rachel Ware Carlton, dean of the School of Liberal Arts.
“What’s exciting, too, is that this is the beginning of a greater degree of collaboration between Silver Lake College and Roncalli High School,” she said. “It’s rare that students in a community have the opportunity to obtain a Catholic education from pre-kindergarten through college. We want more people to be aware of this opportunity and be able to take advantage of it.”
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PHOTO: Natalie Long, director of library services at Silver Lake College, familiarizes Roncalli High School students with resources available to them as participants in a dual-credit theology course. Photo by Suzanne Weiss