Participation explodes in dual credit program

June 12, 2013

From voiceofwr.com: “Participation explodes in program that offers dual credit” — After a slow start, Lincoln High School students have discovered dual credits.

And it has saved their families more than $100,000.

More than 500 students have taken a dual-curriculum program that gives students credit for a high school class while they earn college hours at Mid-State Technical College.

It is a program that can help the students get a jumpstart on their college career and save money, said Eric Siler, LHS technical education coordinator.

“We always looking at partnering with out post-secondary education and try to give our students a leg up to explore opportunities,” he said. “Once they graduate, they are paying for those courses.”

Only in its sixth year, the program has expanded from eight students who took 24 college credits in 2007-2008 school year to this past year when 243 students amassed 734 credits, out of the more than 1,100 students in the school.

The program is a great partnership for the students, said Amanda Lang, director of enrollment management at MSTC.

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