On the Fast Track with Georgia’s High School Dual Enrollment Program
The state of Georgia offers a high school dual enrollment program which allows high school students to enroll in college courses, and earn college credit, while still in high school. The program pays the cost of tuition, fees and books, allowing students to earn college credit towards both a high school diploma and a college degree at no charge. As Shermel McCluster knows, students can earn a college degree faster and at lower cost by taking advantage of dual enrollment courses.
McCluster was a sophomore at Americus Sumter High School in Americus, Georgia when she began taking dual enrollment courses at South Georgia Technical College. She was able to take college courses at no cost while she completed her high school education. She graduated from high school and achieved an Associate’s degree in criminal justice at the same time. “Advisors and faculty at South Georgia Technical College really helped me throughout the program. They helped me decide which classes to take to transfer to Columbus State University and complete my degree.”
“Advisors and faculty at South Georgia Technical College really helped me throughout the program. They helped me decide which classes to take to transfer to Columbus State University and complete my degree.”
Once she obtained her Associate’s degree, McCluster enrolled at Columbus State University where she was able to transfer all 60 of her earned credit hours from South Georgia Technical College. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and plans to graduate in spring of 2020. Because of the dual enrollment program she will be able to begin her career in criminal justice soon. She hopes to become a probation officer in Columbus after she graduates.
McCluster encourages high school students to take advantage of the dual enrollment program. “All high school students should take dual enrollment courses if they want to pursue college. It puts you one step ahead of everyone else. You also save money in the long run since the dual enrollment classes are free while you’re in high school.”