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New program offers AP courses to rural ND students

FARGO—In the past two years, more than 3,800 North Dakota students have earned more than 10,500 hours of college credit, which represents about $3 million in tuition savings.

Now, a new program will allow even more high school students in the state—specifically those from rural areas—to take Advanced Placement courses next school year.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler announced Wednesday, March 14, that schools are encouraged to sign up for the Virtual College Readiness program, which offers AP courses in science, computer science, math and English.

The program is part of the National Math and Science Initiative, a nonprofit organization supported by ExxonMobil on behalf of XTO Energy Inc. and other companies to improve education and teacher training.