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GCPS Dual Enrollment Program for High School Students

Last Updated on Nov 6, 2015 at 12:09pm | Public Information Office

Dual enrollment courses are dual credited with the high school, which enables students to work toward meeting specific high school graduation credit requirements, while receiving college credit.  Through the Distance Learning Lab (DLL) with a Garrett College instructor, Garrett County high school students have an opportunity to earn college credits while attending Garrett County Public Schools. Up to eight courses may be offered through the Distance Learning Lab.  There is no tuition cost for the students in the dual enrollment program, but there is a $25 registration fee and the cost of the textbook.
 
Currently, there are a combined 61 students from both high schools taking advantage of this opportunity.  “This is a tremendous opportunity for students to acquire college courses while in high school,” says Dr. Janet S. Wilson, Superintendent. “I am pleased with the increased number of students who are challenging themselves to take college-level courses.  I hope the number continues to grow.”
 
 
Brent Wright, senior at Southern Garrett High School, enrolled in the program because it was an opportunity for him to get a glimpse of college life.  It was a good step to better prepare him for college and to have college credits in place after high school graduation. 
 
       
               Mr. Maddy, Principal; Brent Wright; Dr. Janet Wilson, Superintendent
 
 
Miranda Nealis, senior at Northern Garrett High School, thought she was going to have an easy senior year, but the school system offered the Garrett College courses through the Distance Learning Lab, so she signed up for 4 courses in the fall semester. 
 
       
 
                    Miranda Nealis with Dr. Janet Wilson, Superintendent
 
 
Both students indicated that the advantages of doing dual enrollment are:  one does not have to drive to the college with the Distant Learning Labs in the high schools; in class with familiar students; classes are rigorous, and worthwhile; one receives both high school and college credit; one gets certain college courses out of the way before actually starting college; and it is a great learning experience.
 
In the Distance Learning Lab, there is a screen and microphone where the students can see, listen, and interact with the college professor during a 90 minute session.  Garrett College assistants collect student’s homework and delivers it to the professor at the college.  Ms. Nealis stated, “The opportunity is here. I may as well take advantage of it.  I can get some college courses out of the way quickly and get into my major’s classes sooner.  My major usually takes 2-3 years to complete, but with dual enrollment, I probably will be able to complete college in a year and a half.”
 
Mr. Wright indicated, “I was looking for an English college credit, so I felt I could take on a college course. The use of a Distance Learning Lab actually persuaded me to the dual enrollment.”  Brent’s high school first semester schedule has him taking 3 high school classes and one college course.
 
 
Any student who meets the following criteria may sign up to dually enroll in high school and college courses:
 
• Students must have met all graduation requirements (except English IV and Senior mathematics course) including Student Service Learning and state testing requirements;
 
• Students who receive an average un-weighted minimum class average for merit and/or honors English of 3.0 or higher. General English course(s) will not be accepted into this average;
 
• Students who receive an average un-weighted minimum class average for merit and/or honors mathematics of 3.0 or higher. General mathematics course(s) will not be accepted into this average;
 
• Students must maintain a satisfactory attendance (96% overall average) with no history of unlawful absences;
 
• Students must have no significant discipline referrals.
 
 
Any student who does not meet the above mentioned criteria may still attempt to dually enroll in high school and college courses but they MUST meet the following:
 
• Students must have met all graduation requirements (except English IV and Senior mathematics course) including Student Service Learning and state testing requirements;
 
• Students must maintain a satisfactory attendance (96% overall average) with no history of unlawful absences;
 
• Students must have no significant discipline referrals;
 
• Students must take and pass a Garrett College Placement Indicator or other form of evaluation determined by the Garrett College dual enrollment advisor.
 
 
“I do not believe the most students take advantage of this program, but I believe that more students can with more knowledge of the dual enrollment program,” said Brent Wright.
 
“I would like to thank the school system staff, as well as Mrs. Mason, Mr. VanSickle, Mrs. Davis, and Mr, Nedrow at the college for helping me with the scheduling of classes,” said Miranda Nealis, for the opportunity of dual enrollment.