West Prairie High School pathway options

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Sandburg collaborates with West Prairie High School by providing students the opportunity to complete college courses that connect with career paths. Whether the student is interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree or certificates in career or technical areas, there is a pathway for everyone. 

The 1 + 1 program allows WPHS students to enroll in college courses at a little slower pace due to their high school commitments. Students take the first year of classes towards their Associate in Arts (AA) degree. After graduation from WPHS, they enroll at Sandburg to complete the remainder of their degree requirements. This option still affords students to save money because they could complete a Bachelor’s degree in three years instead of four.

The AA degree requires completion of 61 credit hours and focuses on completing general education courses that are necessary for bachelor’s degrees.

Associate in Arts degree includes:

  • English 101 and 102 (6 credit hours)
  • Introduction to Public Speaking (3 credit hours)
  • Fine Arts/Humanities (9 credit hours)
  • Social Sciences (9 credit hours)
  • Sciences (7 credit hours)
  • Math (3 credit hours)
  • Human Relations (3 credit hours)
  • Electives (21 credit hours)

To complete an AA degree, students must successfully complete the required 61 credits hours with a minimum grade-point average of 2.0.

Pathway to 1 + 1 Program

This is a plan for the AA degree only. Students who desire an AS degree must meet with a Sandburg academic advisor to develop an individual plan. There is no guarantee a WPHS student could complete an AS degree in high school due to the availability of classes. Courses may be switched out based on the availability of instructors. This plan will be adjusted for students beginning dual credit courses during their sophomore or junior years.

WPHS students will take these courses online, at Sandburg’s campus, or at WPHS depending on instructor availability.

Students taking dual credit courses must meet Sandburg admissions standards and complete the steps to enroll.

WPHS 1 + 1 plan

Course credit hours are designated in the parentheses.

Summer – Junior year
  • HIS.106- American History from 1877 (3)
Fall – Junior year
  • BIO.101 - General Biology (4)
  • PSY.101 - Introduction to Psychology (3)
Spring – Junior year
  • PHY.130- The Physical Universe (3)
  • SOC.101 - Introduction to Sociology (3)
Summer – Senior year
  • SPE.110- Interpersonal Communications (3)
Fall – Senior year
  • ENG.101- Freshman Composition 1 (3)
  • MUS.101 - Introduction to American Music (3)
Spring – Senior year
  • ENG.102- Freshman Composition 2 (3)
  • SPE.120- Introduction to Public Speaking (3)

Completion of 30 credits at Sandburg
  • ENG.180- Introduction to Poetry (3)
  • MAT.110 - General Education Statistics (3)
  • PHL.102 - Ethics (3)
  • Electives (21)

To graduate from Sandburg with an AA degree, the student must successfully complete the required 61 credit hours and a minimum of a 2.0 grade-point average.

How do these classes transfer?

The Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) is a statewide transfer agreement that facilitates transfer among more than 100 participating colleges and universities in Illinois. The IAI General Education Core Curriculum (GECC) includes the following categories:

Please see the specific courses below.

  • Communication: 3 courses or 9 credit hours
  • Humanities and Fine Arts: 3 courses total, 1 course must be a Humanities course, 1 course must be a Fine Arts course. The additional course is the student’s choice or as directed by the advisor.
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences: 3 courses or 9 credits in total. Courses must be from 3 different subject areas.
  • Mathematics: 1 course (3-5 credit hours)
  • Physical Science and Life Sciences: 2 courses total, 1 course from each area (7-8 credit hours). One of the courses must have a lab.
  • Human Relations: 1 course or 3 credit hours.

ENG.101 – Freshman Composition 1  IAI Course No. C1 900
ENG.102 – Freshman Composition 2  IAI Course No. C1 901
SPE.120 – Introduction to Public Speaking  IAI Course No. C2 900

Fine Arts
ART.111 – Art Appreciation  IAI Course No. F2 900
MUS.101 - Introduction to American Music IAI Course No. F1 904

PHL.102 – Ethics  IAI Course No. H4 904

Social Sciences
HIS.106 – American History from 1877   IAI Course No. S2 901
PSY.101 – Introduction to Psychology  IAI Course No. S6 900
SOC.101 – Introduction to Sociology  IAI Course No. S7 900

BIO.101 – General Biology – Life Science with lab  IAI Course No. L1 900L
PHY.130 – The Physical Universe – Physical Science  IAI Course No. P1 906

MAT.110 – General Education Statistics   IAI Course No. M1 902

Human Relations
SOC.203 – Introduction to Diversity  IAI Course No. S7 903D

Electives - Suggested
ENG.180- Introduction to Poetry   IAI Course No. H3 903
HTH.120 – Health  
HTH.150 – Drug Use and Abuse 
NUT.110- Nutrition
POS.122 – American Government & Politics  IAI Course No. S5 900
PSY.265- Developmental Psychology IAI Course No. S6 902
SPE.110- Interpersonal Communications

Students who are interested in career paths can take classes towards an Associate in Applied Sciences or certificates while in high school. Depending on the availability of qualified faculty, these career degrees or certificates may be offered at WPHS, online, or on Sandburg's campus. Students may also complete some of the courses at WPHS, graduate from WPHS, and then finish the AAS degree or certificate at Sandburg.

These degrees, offered in the career, technical, and health areas, prepare the student for the workforce. They are not intended to transfer to a four-year college or university. For some of our AAS degrees in health care, students must complete a separate application and meet the established requirements for admission.


Computers - Information and Communication Technology Pathway

WPHS students can take online courses in Information and Communication Technology. The certificates listed below must be taken in sequence.

Computer Support

Computer Technician

Network Security

CISCO Networking

West Prairie High School students and families are responsible for their own tuition; however, students may file FAFSA to see if they meet eligibility requirements. For students who do not meet FAFSA eligibility, payment options are available.

Students must make payment in full or enroll in the payment plan by the set dates for the semester, typically 4 weeks prior to the start of the term. If payment is not made, students will be dropped from their courses and will need to re-enroll and arrange payment. Students may pay with a credit card, check, or cash, through either campus, Carthage or Galesburg. Deferred payment plans are available, please contact our Business Office for further information on payment plans at 309.341.5281. Students may view their balance by logging in to mySandburg, then self-service. 

Dual credit students receive a tuition discount of 50% for the first six credit hours each semester.

Regular Tuition for 2 classes in 2020-21 ($170 per credit hour)          

ENG.101 (3 credit hours): 510.00                    

PSY.101 (3 credit hours): 510.00                    

Registration fee: 25.00                  

Tuition & fees total:$1045.00    

Sandburg discount: -$510.00

Total tuition for Dual Credit: $535.00               

Dual Credit Success Scholarships

Offered to students who participated in Dual Credit during high school. To be eligible for the scholarship, students are required to complete at least six dual credit hours, complete the FAFSA, have a grade point average at Sandburg of 3.0 or higher, and complete the DC Success Scholarship application. The college selects and awards these students to promote enrollment following high school. Awards are $1,500 for the first year of full-time enrollment following high school graduation.   

Applying for Financial Aid

Please visit our dual credit financial aid page for information on how to apply for the FAFSA.


College Environment:

The college learning environment encourages critical thinking and promotes the examination of contrasting perspectives of the world. This is an environment of adult interaction where students will be exposed to concepts, lectures, and materials that are designed for adults and adult audiences.

  • Internet usage: At the college, there is some restricted internet access; however, student internet usage is not monitored.
  • The college environment: Carl Sandburg College is a community of lifelong learners that welcomes, values, and respects diversity. The College fosters a climate of mutual respect that celebrates diversity and inclusion by embracing our similarities as well as our differences. The College stands for tolerance, non-discrimination, and cultural sensitivity.
  • Expected conduct: A copy of the Student Code of Conduct is available on the Sandburg website and all students are expected to behave in adherence to this policy.
  • Course descriptions: Course descriptions for all courses are available through the online catalog. At times, college courses may expose students to graphic depictions or discussions of mature themes.
  • College classroom activities: Classroom activities may include fieldwork, lab experiments with chemicals, career, and technical education courses may include the use of machinery/complex equipment and group work with other students of all ages and backgrounds.
College/Course Expectations:

Enrolled students establish a permanent college academic record and transcript that may be required by future colleges or universities. This permanent academic record may affect eligibility for future financial aid. It is also understood that the student will receive college credit for successfully completed coursework. 

  • Students are responsible to go online to obtain their college grades. Grades will not be mailed to the student’s residence.
  • All students are expected to be in compliance with all current published college policies, rules, and regulations. Students are subject to the same course requirements, grading standards, and attendance requirements established by the course instructor in the course syllabus.
  • Students will be treated like everyone else in the class.
  • Students will be held to the same expectations as any other student in the classroom and will be expected to follow the course syllabus.
  • The course content, delivery, and assessments will not be altered due to underage students enrolled in the course. Students may be exposed to adult language, discussion, and/or themes in the classroom, and on campus. 
  • Students are responsible to communicate with the instructor if there are any questions or concerns.
  • Students are responsible to seek assistance for any special needs they have, such as disability services or tutoring.
  • The faculty bear no responsibility for underage students outside of the classroom. Parents/legal guardians are responsible for the students before and after class.
  • Parents/legal guardians assume responsibility and liability for the student and will be expected to attend any disciplinary sessions.
  • If a student is attending a postsecondary institution - at any age - the rights under FERPA have transferred to the student. However, in a situation where a student is enrolled in both a high school and a postsecondary institution, the two schools may exchange information on that student. If the student is under 18, the parents still retain the rights under FERPA at the high school and may inspect and review any records sent by the postsecondary institution to the high school.
Contact Advisor

For more information regarding the West Prairie HS dual credit program, please contact:

Linda Thomas
Coordinator of the Branch Campus Support Services
217.357.3129 ext. 7243