High school students, faculty, staff, administrators and family members interested in learning more about the dual enrollment opportunities available at Montgomery County Community College are invited to attend a virtual information session.
On Wednesday, December 7, the college will host Your Educational Journey with two one-hour online sessions scheduled for noon and 6 p.m. This event will provide information on early college opportunities, including dual college enrollment and dual credit classes. courses in high school. The session will include a preview of what the post-graduation journey might look like.
In addition, a discussion between parents and students about their journey through dual enrollment will be presented.
The online event is free and open to the public. To register, visit mc3.edu/dejourney.
“This is something we started last spring,” said Christine Morris, administrative director of the educational partnership. “This event is a great opportunity to share information about dual enrollment and what the journey looks like for students. We will cover the various pathways to dual enrollment, dual credit in high school, the process of transferring to a four-year institution, or staying at Montco to complete a certificate program or an associate’s degree.”
Students at charter, technical and cyber charter schools will also have information about which dual enrollment classes are available toward a certificate or associate degree at the college, she said.
Students age 15 and older can take classes at the college or online at the college and earn undergraduate credit from MCCC. These credits may be transferred to a four-year college or university; however, students should contact their college’s admissions office to ensure that their credits have been transferred in full.
Dual Enrollment classes are held in the evenings, on weekends, and during the summer. For daytime classes, students should check with their high school to see if they can adjust their schedule to accommodate their college course.
The dual enrollment program has several advantages. Dual enrollment gives high school seniors early exposure, preparation, and access to college-level courses that can be transferred to other colleges and universities. Additionally, by earning an associate degree from MCCC, students can save up to $30,000 on tuition before transferring to a four-year institution.
Similarly, according to a study by an American research institute, the college graduation rate for early college students was significantly higher at 63.5 percent compared to 24.3 percent for traditional students. Students enrolled in Early College have a positive effect on earning a college degree, showing that 24.9 percent of students in the Early College group earned a degree versus 4.7 percent of traditional students. Dual-education students perform as well or better on state assessments than their traditional high school counterparts. Research also shows a similar effect on students from socioeconomic groups.
For more information on dual enrollment and the Your DE Journey event, please contact the dual enrollment team at DualEnrollment@mc3.edu.