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Providence and Westmont Partner on Innovative New Course

January 14, 2020 by Elaine Rottman

Chris Elwood teaching at Providence School.

Providence School and Westmont College have launched a dual-credit course for Providence seniors, “Research Seminar: Educational Exploration in the Liberal Arts.” All high school seniors will take this innovative two-credit course that provides college-level experience in research, writing, and presentation.

Westmont President Gayle D. Beebe and Providence humanities teacher Chris Elwood developed the concept for the class to help prepare high school students for college. Dr. Beebe and Mr. Elwood will co-teach the class at Westmont Downtown. (Chris Elwood is a 1992 alum of Westmont and previously coached tennis at the college.)

 “We’re delighted with this new partnership and opportunity to assist high school students,” Beebe says. “Through the years, students who have flourished at Providence have also succeeded at Westmont. We’re particularly pleased to see them benefit from this unusual experience at a premier national liberal arts college.”

 “We’re so grateful to Westmont for this opportunity,” Elwood says. “We also appreciate the library staff, who have provided excellent guidance to our seniors throughout the years as they use the extensive resources at the Westmont library.” 

Each high school senior in the capstone course will work with a Providence faculty mentor to explore current cultural, economic, and political topics. The class culminates in a multimedia defense of a research paper before a panel of teachers and administrators. 

“Westmont’s offer of dual credit affirms the quality and academic standards of this capstone Providence course as well as the excellence of our faculty,” says Tim Loomer, interim head of school at Providence. “We’re honored by this partnership, which greatly benefits our students by further preparing them for success in college.”

Providence School provides college-preparatory education grounded in the Christian faith for students from preschool through high school. All Providence graduates receive offers of admission to a four-year college or university every year, and a number who are admitted to Westmont choose to attend.