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Westminster offers college credits to high school students through Summer Environmental Program

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Posted on Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Westminster College’s Center for the Environment is offering high school students the opportunity to gain college credits through two Early College summer STEM programs this year.

Open to 9th through 12th graders, the programs will focus on hands-on science that has real world implications for conservation.

The first Early College course will take place in Ohiopyle, Pa., from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday-Friday, June 22-24, with a required orientation day from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., on Saturday, April 9, at the park. This course is offered in collaboration with Ohiopyle State Park and the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy as a part of the Experiencing Your Environment through CONservation (EYE Con) Institute.

Students at Ohiopyle will study wetland habitats, frogs, salamanders, dragonflies and much more at a restoration site inside Ohiopyle State Park.

The second Early College course will take place at Westminster College from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday-Friday, July 5-9.

Activities will include mammal studies using camera traps, lake ecology investigations, a trip to the apiary and pollinator garden ending with a field study at a passive treatment site for abandoned mine drainage.

Westminster College faculty members Dr. Kerri Duerr, associate professor of biology, and Dr. Helen Boylan, director of Westminster's Center for the Environment and professor of chemistry, will be assisting with the EYE Con Institute and overseeing the college coursework associated with the Early College program.

A registration fee of $227.50 is required for each program and includes two college credits. Students will also be required to complete additional online assignments to earn the college credits.

Westminster’s Early College (EC) is a dual enrollment program designed for academically prepared high school students. Early College Scholars have the opportunity to earn up to a full year of college credits before they finish high school.

For more information and details on how to apply, please visit Additional questions can be directed to Boylan at or 724-946-6293.