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An Opportunity for Westwood High School Math Students to Earn College Credit

HANCOCK, MI - Finlandia University and the NICE Community School District, Ishpeming, Mich., have announced an opportunity for students at Westwood High School, Ishpeming, to earn college credit while still in high school.

An articulation agreement between the NICE district and Finlandia University will award four college credits to Westwood High School students earning an 'A' in the high school's Algebra III/Trigonometry course-at no cost to the student-also fulfilling at Finlandia the academic requirement for the freshman-level core math course, College Algebra (MAT 145).

According to Michael Haynes, NICE superintendent, this agreement to award college credit for a class taught in high school is one of the first of its kind in Michigan.

"We are pleased to enter into this agreement with Westwood High School to enhance and encourage educational opportunities for area high school students," says Dr. Cameron Williams, acting provost at Finlandia University. "I hope that it will serve as a model for future collaborations."

Haynes believes the agreement represents a significant degree of forward-thinking on the part of Finlandia, adding that developing this partnership with the university has been gratifying.

"I believe we share a common belief that providing opportunities for students to sample success in college will facilitate a greater number of students enrolling in college after graduation," Haynes adds.

The district has been working with additional post-secondary institution in the Upper Peninsula to expand the options high school students have to attain college credit and experience.

For additional information, contact Dr. Cameron Williams at 906-487-7368 or

The NICE Community School District serves the central Upper Peninsula of Michigan communities of National Mine, Ishpeming Township, Champion, Humboldt, Spurr Townships, and Ely Township.

Finlandia University is the only private university in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and one of 28 colleges and universities affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Located in Hancock, Finlandia awards bachelor and associate degrees in the disciplines of fine art and design, business administration, liberal studies, and health sciences. Finlandia student-athletes compete in NCAA Division III sports.