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The recruitment of students is primarily the responsibility of the school divisions. The Director and the Lead Instructors will support the efforts of the school divisions by mailing information regarding the program to parents of eligible students and by being available to discuss the program with students and parents. At the January meeting of faculty personnel with school division representatives, each school division will be informed of the number of student slots available to them. This number will ordinarily be ten (10) slots in the math/science program, ten (10) slots in the Computer Technology program, and ten (10) slots in the Play Analysis and Production Program for Washington County, and five (5) slots in the math/science program, five (5) slots in the Computer Technology program, and five (5) in the Play Analysis and Production program for Smyth County, with the same allotment to Bristol. If changes due to population shifts or to funding considerations are necessary, these changes may be decided upon at the January meeting. Following is a breakdown for each high school:
Student recruitment will be consistent with the Virginia Highlands Community College policy to maintain and promote equal employment and educational opportunity without regard to race, color, sex, or age (except where sex or age is a bona fide occupational qualification), religion, disability, national origin, or other non-merit factors.
Each school division representative will then inform the principals (or their designees) of the individual schools of the number of students to be selected and of selection criteria (see below). The principals through their designees, generally the guidance counselors or gifted coordinator, will initiate the selection process by providing the Director with a list of eligible students by March 1. These students will be notified by mail from the Director's office and may also be notified by the Principals or Principals' designees, at their discretion. Students will be asked to make application directly to the Principals or Principals' designees who will then make the final selection of participants and alternates using any procedure they deem fit for their individual situations. The College's information should clearly communicate the level and expectations of performance as well as the advantages and gains to be expected from participation. The following guidelines will be followed in selecting eligible students:
Students applying to the program must:
Students who are performing at least at B level in their College-transfer level science and mathematics courses, and who have completed at least College Preparatory Algebra I and Geometry, and at least one College Preparatory Science course will be eligible for the math/science program.
All students recommended by their high school teachers as likely to both profit from and contribute to the program will be eligible for that program.
Any student who has actively participated in school performing arts activities will be eligible for the Play Analysis and Production program.
Students will be selected based on the following criteria, in order of importance:
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