Dual credit refers to courses taught to high school students where the students receive both high school credit and college credits for their classes.
Dual credit is an option for our high school sophomores, juniors and seniors to enroll in college courses for credit prior to high school graduation. Also, our freshmen can actually join through the collegiate academy to gain college credit.
Different institutions have different names for dual credit, such as "dual enrollment", "concurrent enrollment", or "joint enrollment". While not technically the same, the terms dual enrollment and dual credit are often used interchangeably.
Benefits of Dual Credit
- Students become acclimated to the college atmosphere.
- Decreases the amount of college classes needed after high school graduation, therefore decreasing college expenses.
- Become familiar with higher education practices and procedures.
- Develop hands-on experience in a chosen field.
- Experience opportunities to enhance academic and personal knowledge in areas of interest.
- Demonstrate motivation to future employers and/or educational institutions.
- Students can receive dual credit to complete high school pathway while earning college credit.