The Parke Heritage Early College located at Parke Heritage High School provides students the option of enrolling in a post-secondary education with college credits. Students enrolling in this program complete college freshman level classes while in high school. This allows them to enter college at the sophomore level.
The PHHS Class of 2022 earned 1,536 college credits through the high school’s Ivy Tech and IU credentialed teachers. This is a total cost savings of $616,550. This year’s senior students have 27 Indiana College Core Completions, five CNA certifications, three Structural Welding Certificates, one Animal Agribusiness Certification and one Information Help Desk Certification.
Through the Early College Program students can earn a block of 30 college credit hours known as the Indiana College Core. These credit hours are transferable to any public college or university in the state of Indiana. In addition to the 30-hour program, students have the opportunity to earn additional college credits through a variety of elective coursework. The goal of the PHHS staff is to promote postsecondary college and career readiness through college credit course work, course work towards career certificates and supportive interventions. The staff work in collaboration with the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL).
The PHHS Early College also includes additional college credit courses in agriculture, vocational and business classes.
Dual credit courses for the 2022-23 school year include these areas: English, Math, Science, Foreign Language, Art, Agriculture, Social Studies and Business. Vocational dual credit courses include Automotive Technology, Education Professions, and Veterinary Careers, which are taught at PHHS. Students also have the option to enroll in Automation and Robotics, Construction Technology, Cosmetology, Criminal Justice, Emergency Medical Services, Graphic Design, Health Careers and Welding. These are taught at neighboring schools with students attending PHHS for half of the day.