Dual enrollment lets you earn college credit for college courses completed while you’re still in high school – and those courses also count toward your high school diploma. What could be better?
Dual enrollment – also known as concurrent enrollment – is provided through three avenues in California, the most popular of which is the College and Career Pathways program. Authorized by Assembly Bill 288 in 2015, the College and Career Pathways program enables high school students to take college courses, taught by college professors, at their high school campus.
The two other dual enrollment programs – one that allows high school students to take college courses on a college campus, and a middle college high school model that integrates a high school ‘campus’ into a community college, also are popular.
The California Community Colleges sees dual enrollment as supporting the system’s Vision for Success, a set of goals and commitments that include boosting the numbers of students earning degrees or certificates and transferring to a University of California or California State University campus. Most students taking dual enrollment classes complete at least nine units before entering college, and those students are far more likely to succeed once they get there.
Dual enrollment is an option worth checking out. Check with your high school and local community college to learn more.