The Jump Start Grant program allows high school students to get a jump start on their post-secondary education and increase their chances of completing a certification or degree. Money was allotted to qualified students based on financial need to use toward the tuition for duel credit courses offered in their high school classrooms through NCK Tech. Prior to this program, classes were offered by a local community college via streaming technology before school and in the evenings. Some students trying to take advantage of these classes were arriving at 6:30 a.m. and staying till 10 p.m. Courses include basic requirements such as composition I and II embedded in the senior English class, college algebra, business math, statistics, psychology, sociology and public speaking.
One bright young man whose family is socioeconomically disadvantaged would not have been able to afford college tuition on any level. This grant paid for three dual credit general education courses for him when he was in high school. Because he had these classes out of the way and was able to focus only on the courses that specifically interested him, he attended post-secondary training, graduated with his welding certificate and now has a fulltime job as a welder.