With dual enrollment… Earn college credit while still in high school

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Tidewater Community College’s Dual Enrollment programs provide high school students a unique opportunity to jump-start their college careers.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, college credits earned prior to high school graduation reduce the average time-to-degree and increase the likelihood of graduation. For parents, it’s an opportunity to reduce future college expenses by shortening the time to college graduation.

Are you confident in your abilities?

Are you prepared for a challenge?

If you answered “yes” to these questions, then dual enrollment in college and high school is a good consideration for you.

About dual enrollment programs

Dual enrollment allows qualified high school students to enroll in college coursework while still in high school.

Courses are taught by full- and part-time faculty who meet credentialing standards of Virginia’s Community Colleges, and credits are generally accepted at all Virginia private and public colleges.

It’s important that students and their parents understand that the amount of work necessary to succeed in dual enrollment courses is greater than in high school courses. In addition, dual enrollment courses become part of permanent college transcripts, so it’s essential that students do well to realize all the benefits of dual enrollment.

Students can:

Obtain a quality, affordable education close to home.

Earn credit without high-stakes testing.

Enjoy richer course opportunities for outstanding high school students both in academic coursework and in career and technical education.

Enter college with credits applicable to their degree program.

Gain understanding of the rigors of college work and faculty expectations.

Have access to college resources, facilities and services such as advising and career counseling.

So, who is eligible for dual enrollment programs?

Interested students must first take the Virginia Placement Test, required of all community college students.  They must also:

Be a high school junior or senior attending a public or private school. (Exceptional freshmen and sophomores may be eligible with approval from both the high school principal and college president.)

Meet or exceed college placement requirements.

Receive a recommendation from a high school official.

Obtain a parent’s consent.

Home-schooled students are also eligible.

For information about dual enrollment courses offered by Tidewater Community College, call the TCC Information Center at 757-822-1122.

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