In-state colleges rank high with MPCHS' Class of 2012


Mt. Pleasant News

Most of the Mt. Pleasant Community High School Class of 2012 will not be straying far from home to continue their education.

According to a senior survey (131 seniors responded) by the school, 35 students will be attending in-state four-year colleges and 15 will be venturing out of state.

Another 57 will be going to two-year in-state community colleges, four will attend two-year out-of-state colleges, one is bound for a technical school and another will be taking classes online.

Somewhat surprisingly (maybe it really isn?t that surprising when considering factors other than geography), Iowa State University is the leader with 15 enrollees, the University of Iowa attracted seven students and one senior is going to the University of Northern Iowa.

Hometown Iowa Wesleyan is the leading choice among four-year, in-state private schools with four students attending. Central, Wartburg and William Penn University all will have a pair of MPCHS graduates and one will be going to Clarke and Simpson.

No out-of-state public or private four-year colleges have more than one graduate attending.

The public four-year colleges drawing one student each are Missouri Western State University, Mt. San Antonio College, Northwest Missouri State University, Northwestern State University of Louisiana, University of Washington and Western Illinois University.

Four-year private out-of-state institutions (one student each) are Bradley University, Culver-Stockton College, Illinois Wesleyan, Monmouth College, Roosevelt College, Seattle University, Syracuse University and the United States Air Force Academy.

Twenty-six members of the Class of 2012 will continue their education at Southeastern Community College, 20 will go to Kirkwood Community College, eight to Indian Hills Community College, two to Des Moines Area Community College, and one each to Iowa Western Community College and Hawkeye Community College.

Heston College, Highland Community College, Vincennes University and Scottsdale Community College are the out-of-state two-year colleges each of which with one MPCHS senior.

Five members of the senior class will be joining the Army, three the Marines and two the National Guard.

Two are going to The Art Institutes International and one will be attending the Institute of Production and Recording.

Finally, four students were undecided, one would be working and another moving out of state.

Here?s some good news. Fewer young Iowans are entering the juvenile justice system, according to statewide data released today by the Iowa Department of Human Rights? Division of Criminal and Juvenile Justice Planning (CJJP).

In recent years (2007-2011), juvenile arrests decreased 20 percent, and complaints to juvenile court services were down 19 percent from 2008-2011). ?This means fewer youth are committing crimes, the number of youth in the juvenile justice system is down and we are seeing more success with youth in the system,? said CJJP Administrator Paul Stageberg.

Another encouraging statistic shows a decrease in the number of students held in detention facilities ? a 29 percent reduction among all youth between 2007 and 2011. That reduction is even greater ? 38 percent ? for African-American youth.

Experts in the field credit a research-based approach to some of the growing success. ?We actively assess and case plan for these youth through the Iowa Delinquency Assessment, and that?s allowing us a research-based approach to ensure community safety and identify the issues facing these youth and families,? said Candice Bennett, chief juvenile officer.

?We?re also serving these youth in their home communities with evidence-based programs, such as functional family therapy and aggression replacement training. The combined efforts are helping bring down the numbers,? Bennett added.