Northeast Alabama Community College is partnering with local high schools to offer their students the opportunity to complete college course work while still in high school. Courses are taught at every Jackson County and Scottsboro City high school, online or on the NACC campus during the fall, spring, or summer semesters. Because of these opportunities, some students have graduated from high school and NACC at the same time. The tuition for these courses is only $158 per semester hour which is a fraction of that at four-year colleges and universities and students may also be able to take advantage of scholarship opportunities.
According to a study from the Community College Research Center at Columbia University's Teachers College and the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center the number of high school students taking dual enrollment courses has increased dramatically over the last 10 years. The study indicates that these students are more likely to graduate high school, attend college and earn degrees than their peers. The study also found that 88 percent of dual-enrollment students continued in college after high school, and most achieved a degree or transferred within six years.
As indicated in the study above, the dual enrollment program provides students with many benefits. Students earn high school and college credits simultaneously and gain an early start on achieving an Associate or Baccalaureate degree. Dual enrollment courses increase course opportunities and academic rigor for high school students and allow students to avoid unnecessary duplication of coursework while allowing students to increase flexibility when scheduling courses at four-year schools. Dual enrollment students are allowed access to all services provided by the College allowing students to investigate career opportunities, access tutoring services, and join College student organizations. In addition, students and parents save money at NACC as compared to most four-year institutions.
High school students in the 10th, 11th, or 12th grade with a cumulative unweighted 2.5 GPA that show academic readiness and maturity are eligible to participate in dual enrollment. Students must also have permission from the high school counselor and principal, meet entrance requirements of the College and complete the necessary dual enrollment paperwork.
Students should understand, however, that dual enrollment courses are college courses, and the amount of work necessary to succeed in dual enrollment courses may be much greater than in high school courses. In addition, dual enrollment courses become a part of a student’s permanent college transcript and are calculated into the student’s permanent college GPA. It is important to do well in these courses to realize the benefits of dual enrollment.
“We welcome students to participate in the dual enrollment program at Northeast Alabama Community College where our faculty and staff are dedicated to the philosophy that ‘Students Come First!’,” said Dr. David Campbell, President of NACC. “The dual enrollment program is designed to give high school students an opportunity to gain experience at college-level work before graduating from high school. NACC wants students to be successful whether they attend NACC enrolling in transfer courses, occupational career courses or go directly to a four-year college or university. NACC provides everyone with an opportunity to set the foundation for the future. College personnel strive for excellence, and the result is a community college that is one of the best in the South and ranked nationally as a top community college by the Aspen Institute.”
NACC offers academic advising to all students enrolled at NACC. Individuals interested in dual enrollment can contact Staci Miller, Dual Enrollment Advisor, at 256-638-4418 or 256-228-6001, ext. 2225, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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