Dual enrollment credit hours increase 430 percent
The dual enrollment credit hours in Hampton City Schools increased 430 percent between the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years. During the 2015-16 school year, students took 518 credit hours through the HCS dual enrollment program. During the 2016-17 school year, students took 2,745 credit hours.
Dual credit programs allow high school students to enroll in college courses for credit prior to high school graduation. The program affords HCS high school junior and seniors the opportunity to enroll in approved college course and to simultaneously earn high school and college credit. In HCS, the college-level courses are offered in partnership with Thomas Nelson Community College.
Qualified high school faculty teach TNCC courses in the high schools during the regular school day. Examples of dual enrollment classes include English Composition I and II; College Algebra, College Pre-calculus, General Biology, US History and Principles of Marketing.
“This is tremendous for our families,” said Dr. Donna Woods, executive director of school leadership.
During the 2015-16 school year, 61 high school students were involved in dual enrollment. In 2016-17, that number grew to 278. The highest percentage of growth in student participation occurred at Hampton High School.
Melissa Still is an English teacher at Hampton High. She recently shared the impact of the dual enrollment program with the Hampton School Board.
“I graduated 22 seniors this year, “ she said. “I know of three who will be walking out with nearly every credit they need for their certificate or associate’s degree from Thomas Nelson Community College, something that possibly could not have been done financially on their own.”
Charlene Harris, a parent of a senior at Bethel High, also praised the program.
“Dual enrollment is a wonderful opportunity for both students and parents,” she said. “As a parent, I was excited to hear that my student was able to take advantage of college-level classes and his school day would not be interrupted. It is pretty impressive that he can do this as part of this school day. It didn’t cost me a thing so that was even more of a benefit. That’s a big deal when you consider the vast range of prices per credit for college classes. The opportunity gave my child an insight on the rigor and intensity of the reality of college.”
Students enrolling in dual credit courses must have parent permission and meet all admissions criteria established by TNCC and HCS. Interested students should contact their school counselor for more information.
Hampton City Schools is holding a Virginia Placement Test Summer Math Bootcamp that will help some struggling students gain admission to TNCC to take advantage of the courses. It is offered free to students. Register here:
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