Take dual credit, get ahead

Published 10:10 pm Thursday, November 20, 2008

In comparing the options available today with those available when the college first opened, dual credit is a good example of expanded opportunities for students attending community colleges.

By participating in the dual credit program, students can make substantial progress toward a college degree before finishing high school. In fact, students who begin taking courses in their junior year can earn 30 or more college credits by the time they graduate from high school if they also take summer classes at the college.

Dual Credit Defined

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Dual Credit is an option available for students in their junior and senior years, which allows them to take college-level courses concurrently with their high school attendance.

These classes may be taught either at the high school or at the college in a specially scheduled college course that is open to the public. Through dual enrollment, students may receive both high school and college credit.

High school graduates who earn dual enrollment credits upon graduation may continue their studies at Paul D. Camp Community College using one of two degree programs, outlined below.

Associate in Arts and Science Degree

A part of the college and university transfer program, this degree program is designed for students who plan to complete a baccalaureate degree program at a four-year college or university.

Options for the AA&S degree include business administration, education, and general studies (with specializations in computer science or general), and science.

Associate in Applied Science Degree

These two-year occupational/technical degree programs lead directly to employment: administration of justice (with specializations in corrections and police science), administrative support technology (with specializations in executive secretary and word/information processing), early childhood development, industrial technology (with specializations in general, electronic-electrical, and electronic controls), management (with specializations in computer support specialist, general management, hardware and software support, and marketing management), and nursing.


To be eligible to participate, high school juniors and seniors must be 16 years of age by the end of the semester enrolled; approved by the high school principal for course registration; accepted for admission by the College; and qualified (amply prepared for the demands of a college-level course by successfully completing the college placement test).

For more information on dual enrollment and other options available at PDCCC (including the 2009 spring semester schedule), call 569-6700, or visit our website at www.pdc.edu.

Dr. Patsy Joyner is the vice president for Institutional Advancement at PDCCC.