Taking college courses through concurrent enrollment or educational network (Ed-Net) in high school has been a great opportunity offered for the past couple of decades. Before the implementation of the A/B block schedule, when there were the same seven classes every day, Ed-Net classes were significantly more populated.

I began taking Ed-Net classes as a 15-year-old sophomore – Psychology and Sociology from Snow College. I loved these two classes and the freedom of expression and sense of accomplishment that came along with college courses. I had a goal at that time to get my associate’s degree completed before graduating high school. There were several previous Kanab High School seniors who were able to complete their degree in high school, and I was thrilled by the possibility.

In my junior year, the new A/B block schedule replaced the previous seven class schedule. As I planned my classes for the school year, I realized I wouldn’t be able to achieve my goal of completing my associate’s degree. It was going to be impossible.

I needed credits that weren’t all offered through concurrent enrollment. I would need my schedule to be filled with them in order to complete the necessary and new elective classes. The school schedule times didn’t coincide with the Ed-Net schedules, and trying to fit them in has been impossible. I have been able to take three more college classes: Political Science, Visual Arts, and English 1010.

As a senior, it has been extremely frustrating trying to coordinate college courses with the current high school schedule. I have already taken many of the college classes offered at the Southwest Applied Technology Center, and fitting the ones I haven’t taken into my schedule is problematic. One positive change to the high school schedule I appreciate is the offering of concurrent enrollment classes such as Math 1050 to high school seniors from Southern Utah University.

Since I have already taken English 1010, I wanted to get into English 2010 offered by Snow College in the spring. Unfortunately, since I am not completing my associate’s degree in high school, I am not allowed to take the class. It’s maddening that I can’t take a class I need because my school doesn’t give me the opportunity to get an associate’s degree in school.

I would like to pose the question, what is the new A/B schedule accomplishing? Sure, there are more elective and industrial art courses available, but what about the students who want to get a head start on college? There are far less students taking Ed-Net classes, far less opportunities for academic excellence and far more unnecessary classes.