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Notre Dame College Provides Former St. Peter Chanel High School Seniors Opportunity to Earn Diploma, College Credit

Notre Dame College is providing students who would have been seniors at St. Peter Chanel Catholic High School a chance to earn a diploma from their now-closed institution ─ and earn college credit at the same time.

Through the innovative Seniors at Notre Dame program, more than 20 of the high school students are dual enrolled on the College campus this fall. Upon successful completion of the school year, they will receive a 2014 high school diploma from St. Peter Chanel and could have up to 32 college credits, essentially a year toward a bachelor’s degree, completed.

St. Peter Chanel in Bedford, Ohio, closed at the end of the 2012-2013 school year due to declining enrollment.  The Diocese of Cleveland granted Chanel a charter in which the school, in essence, remains alive an additional year through the Seniors at Notre Dame program.

“The closing of the doors of St. Peter Chanel was very emotional. The opening of the Notre Dame doors was a blessing,” said Evelyn “Evie” Golding, mother of Erin Golding, St. Peter Chanel class of 2014 and a Seniors at Notre Dame student this fall. “My daughter will earn college credit and a high school diploma at the same price as her high school tuition. This experience reflects that Notre Dame cares about the students’ education. I am grateful that we are a part of history at Notre Dame College.”

The nearly 65 students who were juniors at St. Peter Chanel last year were eligible to continue their high school education at Notre Dame, provided they applied and met College admission requirements. A total of 23 are enrolled this fall.

“With the closing of St. Peter Chanel I had to find a new school to finish out my senior year. I have been blessed with an opportunity to take classes at Notre Dame College,” Erin Golding said. “Everyone here at Notre Dame has been great. I feel just like the other college students.”

The SAND program originated in 2010 when Regina High School closed and 30 students dual enrolled at Notre Dame. 

"The SAND program is a wonderful opportunity for the students of St. Peter Chanel.  It not only offers the opportunity for them to earn college credit, but it also gives them the chance to finish high school and start college with a small group of friends.  It’s a great way to make the transition from high school to college.  As an alumna of St. Peter Chanel, I am honored to help this final class reach their academic and college goals," said Susan Hren, NDC’s Dual Enrollment Coordinator.

ABOUT NOTRE DAME COLLEGE

For 90 years, Notre Dame College has educated a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional and global responsibility. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1922, the College has grown strategically to keep pace with the rapidly changing needs of students and the dramatic changes in higher education. But it has never lost sight of its emphasis on teaching students not only how to make a good living but also how to live a good life.

Today, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines plus a variety of master's degrees, certification programs and continuing and professional development programs for adult learners on campus and online. Notre Dame College offers 24 NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women and is located in a picturesque residential neighborhood just 25 minutes from the heart of Cleveland. Hallmarks of the Notre Dame experience include stimulating academics, personalized attention of dedicated faculty and staff, and small class sizes.