If you know that your career path includes going to college then why not consider dual enrollment? Ever heard of it? Dual enrollment allows you to earn college credits while still in high school. It’s great for students who want to kill two birds with one stone and get both college and high school credits at the same time.
Five Benefits of Dual Enrollment
1. Exposure to College
Dual enrollment allows you to experience what college level classes will be like. It can help you understand what to expect when you are in college full time.
2. Saves Money
Earning college credits in high school can help you to graduate faster. As an incoming freshman you may not have to take a lot of the entry level classes. College is expensive. Getting through it faster is a great way to save you money.
3. Cures Senioritis
Senioritis, if you didn’t already know, is when a senior loses interest in school and checks out mentally. One way to fight senioritis is to challenge yourself by taking college level courses. It can help you to renew your sense of purpose and increase motivation at a time when it may be a struggle for you.
4. Builds Confidence
Taking college courses in high school can help you to build confidence. Once you start passing college level courses you will feel like you are able to conquer the world.
5. Previews the School
Hope fully as a junior or senior in college you’ve already taken a few college tours. Maybe you’ve spent some time visiting campuses or even spent the night. Taking college courses gives you yet another view of the college and will help you make a better decision about which school to choose.
How to Get Started
Sounds great right? So how do you get started? Well, most of the time it’s as simple as visiting the websites of your local community colleges. On their websites they will have a section for high school students looking to enroll in their dual enrollment programs. Usually you will have to submit your official high school transcript and fill out an application.
Have you ever taken a dual enrollment class? What did you think? What did you gain from it? If you haven’t taken one and you’re in high school do you plan on taking one? Share your thoughts.