All As and Bs in Government for Dual Enrollment students

Susana Ginez

MT staff writer

Students from Dual Enrollment did really well in their Government 2305 course in the fall semester.

“Everybody passed. They all got A’s and B’s,” Arambula said. “This is the largest cohort that has passed with grades this high at VMT.”

One of the students felt she did well.

“I believed that even though I had a hard time memorizing events, I did pretty well,” said Vanessa Camacho, a steel drums student.

Another one pointed out what’s needed to do well.

“If you do not enjoy listening to lectures, it’s about time you start enjoying them because most of the college courses in Dual Enrollment are all about reading, listening, and writing,” said Kassandra Rico, who warned people who haven’t taken a sophomore college class yet. Her fine arts area is journalism/online media.

Earlier in the semester students discussed the challenges in the class.

“There was more pressure in the way that the professor expected us to read and do the work that we were expected to do,” Camacho said.

Camacho said she was not a fan of the class.

Other students like Tatiana Garcia only enjoyed the experience of the college feel but disliked the course.

“Our professor usually assigned essays and tests upon the chapters we reviewed,” Garcia said, whose fine art is high brass studies.

This course will benefit me in the future by allowing me to get ahead in my college credits.””

— Kassandra Rico

According to Camacho, “he (professor) presented the lessons in a PowerPoint and gave real life examples.”

Earlier in the semester Camacho thought she wasn’t doing well in class.

“I wanted to believe I was doing well, but I wasn’t too positive,” Camacho said.

But Garcia thought she was doing well.

One of the students sees a “benefit” in taking the class.

“This course will benefit me in the future by allowing me to get ahead in my college credits,” Rico said.

Garcia agreed.

“I felt this class will improve my understanding of government, since I’m not the biggest fan of the subject,” she said.

Camacho thought it wouldn’t help her because she said she does not need this course for her major.

However, six hours of government, or two classes, is a requirement for college degrees.

The students told Matt Arambula, AP Economics/Government instructor and Dual Enrollment supervisor, that the topics were interesting but sometimes felt the class was slow moving.

“This was the first actual college class where the students had to read chapters,” Arambula said.

Even though they all passed, Arambula thought this course was different because if the students wouldn’t keep up with their reading they would fall behind.

Unlike most students, Arambula liked this course.

“I love government; it’s what I majored in. What I like about it is that it’s always changing,” he said.

Arambula thinks that this course will help the students when they enroll in college next year.

“They’ll already have college credit in federal government, and it will give them an idea of what a ‘reading’ class is about,” he said.

Their next Dual Enrollment class will be College Algebra, in the spring semester.

“It’s mostly a review from everything they’ve learned in their Algebra classes,” Arambula said.