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April 18, 2014

Jacksonville College, high schools team up to offer dual credit program

JACKSONVILLE — Jacksonville College is currently offering qualifying high school juniors and seniors attending Jacksonville and New Summerfield ISDs and The Brookhill School in Bullard the opportunity to get head start on their higher education.

The college has offered its dual credit program, which allows high school students to attend certain college classes and earn college credit before graduating high school, since 1995 and Dean Lynn Nabi said enrollment has already started for the next crop of future college students.

"It's a successful, growing program and we typically see between 200 and 300 students enroll each semester," Nabi said. "We like to think of this program as a way to help future college students prepare for their college lives, whether they stay here or transfer."

In Texas, a high school student who qualifies to enroll in a college course offered for dual credit must be a junior or a senior and must meet the college’s prerequisite requirements for enrollment for the college course. Jacksonville College and local high school administrators also work together to make sure participating students will be successful.

"This is an excellent opportunity for our students," Jacksonville High School Principal Tammy Jones said. "It not only gets them college credits, for a great price, it also provides early exposure to college academia."

Courses offered through the dual credit program cover the basic core curriculum -- English, history, social science and math -- most degree plans include as prerequisite classes, all of which are transferable to other schools.

"We are fully accredited and all credits earned here will transfer to any other school," Nabi said. "The average student enrolled in this program can graduate high school with anywhere from 12 to 28 college credits."

According to the website, dualcredittexas.org, "partnerships between Texas secondary schools and Texas colleges and universities have enabled high school students to earn college credits before graduating from high school, making their transition to the collegiate campus smoother and their likelihood of graduating from college greater."

Visit Jacksonville College's website at jacksonville-college.edu.

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