Mercer, Mount de Sales Academy Announce Dual-Enrollment Program

April 12, 2010

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Mark Vanderhoek
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MACON — Mercer University and Mount de Sales Academy, an independent Catholic, coeducational, college preparatory school located in the College Hill Corridor, have announced a dual-enrollment program that will allow academy seniors to take college courses for credit at the University beginning next fall.

The program, which initially will be available to seven Mount de Sales students, is designed to provide an early college experience for talented and motivated high school students. They will take classes alongside current Mercer students and upon successful completion will be able to apply their credits toward degree completion at Mercer or another university.

“I am very pleased that we have been able to develop this dual enrollment program with Mount de Sales,” said President William D. Underwood. “The proximity of the academy to our campus, the rigor of its academic program, and the history of cooperation between the two institutions make this a logical partnership. We believe students from Mount de Sales and Mercer will benefit.”

All seven Mount de Sales students, who were selected based on grade point average, SAT scores and letters of recommendations from parents and Mount de Sales administrators and counselors, will jointly enroll in a Principles of Human Geography course for the fall semester and will be able to take a second course in Introductory Sociology, Gendered Lives, Beginning Latin or Introduction to Communication.

“Mount de Sales is excited for our students to have the opportunity to participate in the dual enrollment program with Mercer,” said Kathleen R. Prebble, president of Mount de Sales. “This new program will enhance the strong connection that currently exists between our schools.”

About Mercer University
Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education. The University enrolls more than 8,000 students in 11 schools and colleges – liberal arts, law, pharmacy, medicine, business, engineering, education, theology, music, nursing and continuing and professional studies – on major campuses in Macon, Atlanta and Savannah and at three regional academic centers across the state. Mercer is affiliated with two teaching hospitals — Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah and the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon, and has educational partnerships with Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Warner Robins and Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta. The University operates an academic press and a performing arts center in Macon and an engineering research center in Warner Robins. Mercer is the only private university in Georgia to field an NCAA Division I athletic program. For more information, visit www.mercer.edu.

About Mount de Sales Academy
Mount de Sales Academy is a Catholic, independent, college preparatory school sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy. Dedicated to the spiritual and intellectual growth of each student, the Academy is committed to educating young men and women of all cultural, economic, and religious backgrounds. Mount de Sales provides an environment devoted to academic excellence, service to the community, global awareness, and life-long learning to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. For more information, visit www.mountdesales.net.
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