Dual Credit Classes Benefit High School Students

by Elizabeth Trower

College is a topic that often runs through the minds of high school students. Where will they choose to go, what career path will they choose to take? These are all questions that high school students consider and sometimes it can be overwhelming. Fortunately, high school students are now given the opportunity to get a jump start on college and take Dual Credit Classes in high school. These classes are offered by community colleges and are available for students to take. This allows the students to take classes that they would normally have to take in college while in high school and receive college credit for the class. The classes are financially cheaper than paying for regular college classes and most of the classes are taught by a teacher at the high school which allows students to take the class in a smaller classroom setting than they would at college. With the teachers at the high school teaching the Dual Credit Classes it is easier for the students to receive one on one help for the class to help them learn the college curriculum.

By taking classes early a lot of students graduate with many college credits that transfer over to the college they choose. Some students have graduated High School with almost two years of college under their belt. This allows them to finish college earlier and start their career sooner.

This was my first semester taking Dual Credit Classes and I enjoyed being able to take classes that I received High School and College Credit for. My classes were super interesting and were classes that I need for my future career. I felt that these classes were preparing me for what college is like. They allow students to see the differences in the school work load and curriculum between High School and College. Overall, I think that Dual Credit Classes are very beneficial to the students taking them. In the long run they will benefit students when they get to college, because they help students prepare and plan for their future.