For the second year, Hopkinsville Community College will offer its Saturday Scholars program for local students in first through eighth grade.

The program consists of three sessions on Feb. 23, March 2 and March 9. Students are able to take one class in a particular area for all three sessions. The program offers classes in language arts, geography, creative writing, physics and criminal investigations.

The program is geared largely toward students in the Gifted and Talented Program in Christian County Public Schools. Carol Kirves, associate dean of continuing education at HCC, said that for years the school system has sent its gifted and talented students to a four-week program at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green.

Kirves said they started offering the program last year as a way of providing an opportunity for students locally and giving CCPS more input in the program. Kirves stressed that the program is open to other students in HCC’s service area, which includes Todd and Trigg counties as well as Fort Campbell.

Kirves said the program offers students a chance to learn about a topic they wouldn’t normally study in their day-to-day curriculum.

“I think it is a great way for them to have fun learning something and being a little more in-depth about something they are interested in,” Kirves said. “All of the classes are designed to be hands-on and interactive and to challenge the students.”

The classes will be taught by some teachers from the public schools as well as people who have taught college in the past, Kirves said. The program is $65 per student. Tuition includes all class supplies, snacks and a T-shirt. Students must register by Feb. 15.

In order to qualify for the program, students have to meet one of five criteria:

  •  A student must have shown a high interest or achievement in one or more of the program’s content areas.
  •  A student must have received a distinguished rating on one section of the school district’s performance assessment.
  •  A student has been identified as a gifted child.
  •  A student has an IQ score of 120 or above.
  •  A student has a score at or above the 90th percentile on the total battery or at or above the 95th percentile on the total mathematics or language/reading section of the most recent achievement test.

Scholarships for the program are available through Christian County Public Schools. To apply, contact Leann Pickerill at 270-887-7000 or send an email to

Registration forms for the program can be obtained at www. For more information, call 270-707-3750.

REACH DENNIS O’NEIL at 270-887-3240 or

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