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Jefferson EDGE Program Earns National Reaccreditation

Jefferson EDGE (Education Demonstrating Growth & Excellence), Jefferson Community College’s concurrent enrollment program for high school students, has received national reaccreditation by the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP).  Jefferson is one of only 98 higher education institutions across the country and one of only 16 in New York State that holds NACEP accreditation. 

The Jefferson EDGE program provides high school students the opportunity to take college courses at their high school or BOCES location during the regular school day.  Classes offered at through this program include art, human biology, business, economics, computer information systems, criminal justice, culinary arts, electrical, HVAC/plumbing, English, French, German, Spanish, geographic information systems, health, mathematics, music, U.S. history, and political science. 

NACEP accreditation certifies that EDGE courses comply with 17 standards in the areas of curriculum, faculty, students, assessment and program evaluation. NACEP accreditation guarantees concurrent enrollment programs meet rigorous national standards for quality. NACEP was established in 1999 and serves as a national accrediting body and supports all high school and college members by providing standards of excellence, research, communication and advocacy. NACEP’s standards serve as the model criteria for ensuring that the course content and expectations for student work in concurrent enrollment match those on the campus of the sponsoring college or university. Jefferson EDGE was one of the first 33 institutions in the nation to receive NACEP accreditation in 2008.

Nearly 900 high school students in 19 area schools and two BOCES locations are currently registered in the Jefferson EDGE program, which is offered through Jefferson’s Continuing Education Division. The college courses are taught by high school teachers who are credentialed as Jefferson adjunct instructors.

"The benefits of this program for local high school students are tremendous,” says Terrence H. Harris, Dean of Continuing Education and Community Outreach at Jefferson. “Students are able to gain college credit while still in high school and be assured of the rigor and quality of the courses. This program is a true partnership between Jefferson Community College and high schools. JCC’s Liaisons, through their oversight of curriculum and interactions with high school teachers and students, are ensuring that students, some of which are first generation college students, get an important glimpse into their future as college students and are setting them up for success.”

For more information about Jefferson EDGE, contact your high school guidance office or call the Continuing Education Coordinator at JCC, 315-786-2309.