Rock Ridge High School celebrated the successes of its students enrolled in dual enrollment courses with a visit from Virginia Secretary of Education Dietra Trent May 18.
Thanks to a partnership with Richard Bland College, students at Rock Ridge enroll in dual enrollment courses for free. It was the first free and open access dual enrollment program in the commonwealth. This year’s graduating class earned 3,360 college credits.
At the celebration event last week, 24 enrolled in the dual enrollment theater courses were awarded a certificate for passing the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute’s performing arts certification exam, earning them three college credits. They were the only high school students in Virginia to pass the exam.
The students also gave a private performance of their award-winning production, “The Very Grey Matter of Edward Blank,” with Trent, Del. John Bell (D-87) and others in the audience.
“Innovative programs like these are essential to providing our students with the skills and resources they need to be successful, both academically and professionally,” Trent said. “Making education relevant for the 21st century means encouraging students to think critically, work collaboratively, and communicate effectively. I witnessed that and much more at work here today and I applaud the dedication of the educators and students of Rock Ridge High School.”