New semester to bring new courses at Pioneer

  • Pioneer Valley Regional School District Superintendent Jon Scagel. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

Staff Writer
Wednesday, December 12, 2018

NORTHFIELD — Collaborations with Greenfield Community College will bring new curricular and extra-curricular offerings to Pioneer Valley Regional School starting this January, district Superintendent Jon Scagel said. Ultimately, high school students will be able to earn an associate’s degree through classes they take at Pioneer.

New high school courses in medicine, criminal justice and technology will be available in January, Scagel said, and more will be added in the fall. So far, the new medical courses will count as prerequisites for college-level nursing programs.

Many of the new classes will also earn students college credit, a project that Scagel wants to pursue further. In the past it has been possible for Pioneer students to take classes at GCC toward an associate’s degree. Scagel wants the school to expand on that, so that students can earn college credit without going to Greenfield. Ultimately, he said, it will be possible to earn an associate’s degree entirely at Pioneer.

Scagel expects the connection with GCC to extend into the college’s extra-curricular programs, so that, for example, Pioneer students may be able to go to see guest speakers at the college.

He also wants to use Pioneer to host GCC night classes, which could make college courses more accessible for adults, and would allow the district to diversify its uses of the building. The rollout for that program should begin in the fall.

Contact Max Marcus at mmarcus@recorder.com or 413-772-0261 ex 261.