State may offer HS students free community college courses


State leaders are considering introducing a bill that would allow high school students to enroll in community college courses for free.Community College System Chancellor Mark Heinrich says he is working with lawmakers to draft a bill on the issue as early as the 2013 legislative session.Heinrich says allowing dual enrollment in high school and community college would better prepare students for post-secondary and technical education, or to immediately enter the workforce.State leaders say they could maximize participation in community college courses by offering them for free, but acknowledge that funding such a program could be a potential hurdle.