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Viterbo, Aquinas sign partnership agreement

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The presidents of Aquinas High School and Viterbo University sat down together Tuesday and signed an agreement for a new educational partnership. 

The plan will allow students from Aquinas to earn tuition-free college credits while still in high school, which could lead to a three-year degree at Viterbo. 

Aquinas Schools president Ted Knutson says this is something students and their parents have wanted.

“We’ve been seeing a more increased request from our families of college credit, not just in this institution, but in many other institutions,” Knutson said, after the signing ceremony on the Viterbo campus.

Rick Trietley, the interim president of Viterbo, says there’s broad support for the idea.

“We had a vision,” Trietley said. “A vision that two Catholic organizations could come together to help students develop a clear pathway from high school to college, one that was affordable, and that we’re gonna be offering the Aquinas students the opportunity to take courses while they’re in high school, free of charge.”

Some of the college courses Aquinas students could take are in business management, engineering, education, and nursing.

Trietley says there are plans to expand the early credit program to other Catholic schools in the La Crosse Diocese.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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