The Union Collegiate Institute program was officially signed into effect today. The program will provide free classes and textbooks to students who participate.
Students will be able to earn up to 29 credits. Knox County Public Schools and Union College are funding the program. The Superintendent of Knox County Public Schools, Walter Hulett, says this program has been planned for four years.
"They would just say 'I can't go to college. I don't have the resources.' We know that student loans today are high and they think the job market is very limited. This gives them a chance to experience college and know that it can happen for them," said Superintendent Hulett.
Upperclassmen will be able to take classes on campus at Union College. The program will officially begin in August at the start of the next school year.