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Union County High School Dual Enrollment
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Important Dates for Dual Enrollment  
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 What is Dual Enrollment?

 

Whether your student wants to attend a 4-year college or is planning to obtain an occupational skill for quicker entry into the workforce, the Dual Enrollment Program is a great place to start.


Dual Enrollment provides the opportunity for high school students to enroll part-time or full-time in college courses to earn both high school and college credits.  The credits earned count toward both the student’s high school grade point average and begins their first college grade point average. Participation is permitted during fall, spring and summer semesters of the college school year.

UCHS Dual EnrollmentUnion County High School (UCHS) primarily partners with North Georgia Technical College, University of North Georgia, and Young Harris College to offer courses on the Union County High School Campus, at the colleges, and online.  While our three local colleges provide numerous college options for UCHS students, many students do attend other technical colleges or universities in the Metro-Atlanta and North Georgia area to meet their career goals and course requirements.

What are the Benefits for a Student Participating in the Dual Enrollment Program?

  • Introduces students to college-level coursework.
  • Earning college credits while still in high school may enable students to graduate early and/or possibly even earn an associate degree, diploma or certificate.
  • Helps students adjust to certain aspects of the college experience (e.g., classes, coursework, instruction, being on a college campus) so the transition from high school to college may be easier.
  • Students who participate in a dual enrollment program are more likely to go to college and get a college degree. Taking college-level classes while still in high school may build confidence and encourage those students who may not be thinking about college to reconsider.
  • Students may be able to take classes that are not offered at their high school, especially in subject areas they are interested in for a potential career.
  • Participating in a dual enrollment program demonstrates a student’s ability to handle more difficult coursework which is something college admissions officers may look upon favorably during admissions and recruiting.

How do I participate in Dual Enrollment?

Students in grades 9-12 may participate in Dual Enrollment if they meet the academic and attendance requirements for the program.  The basic minimum requirements for acceptance in the program are listed below. 

Meet the Union County High School Requirements:

Meet the College & University Requirements:

Schedule an Appointment with Dr. Olson, the Dual Enrollment Coordinator to complete the necessary paperwork for the program, high school, college.

What Types of Courses are Offered by Dual Enrollment?

Course offerings by Dual Enrollment include core academic courses such as English, Math, Science, Social Studies, and World Languages.  In addition to academic courses, students may select elective courses in any area approved by the Georgia Department of Education and Georgia Student Finance Commission.  There are hundreds of dual enrollment course options. Students at Union County High School are currently enrolled in fine arts, criminal justice, medical, welding, cosmetology, culinary, technology, and engineering courses.  All courses completed while enrolled in college count for both high school and college credit.

What Dual Enrollment Courses are Offered at UCHS?

During the 2017-18 school year, the following courses are offered on the UCHS Campus for Dual enrollment. Students are encouraged to take the on-campus courses over other alternatives.

First Semester

Second Semester

ENGL 1101 – Literature & Comp NGTC

ENGL 1102 – Literature & Comp YHC

MATH 1111 – College Algebra NGCT

MATH 1113 – Precalculus NGTC

HIST 1111 – World History I NGTC

HIST 1112 – World History II NGTC

MATH 2201 – Calculus I YHC

MATH 2202 – Calculus II YHC

CHEM 1211 – General Chemistry I YHC

CHEM 1212 – General Chemistry II YHC

SPAN 101 – Elementary Spanish I YHC

SPAN 102 – Elementary Spanish II YHC

 

MATH 1111 College Algebra NGTC

* Additional course offerings are being considered for the 2018-2019 school year including but not limited to Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, Communications, American Government, and Psychology.

What is the difference between Dual Enrollment and Advanced Placement (AP) classes?

After successfully completing a college course, a student is awarded college credit and a grade, which will appear on the college transcript. With an Advanced Placement (AP) course, a student must pay for and pass a standardized exam with a score of 3 or higher (most colleges prefer a 4 or 5) to possibly receive college credit for the course taken. In fact, there are AP courses approved to be taken under Dual Enrollment, taught by Certified AP and college credentialed instructor. In this case, students would get both AP and college credit.  Currently, UCHS offers Calculus I & II as a dual AP and college credit course.

How Much Does Dual Enrollment Cost?

The tuition, textbooks, and instructional materials for Dual Enrollment Courses are FREE for up to 15 credit hours of coursework per semester.  There are some specialized online courses through eCore that may require laboratory and materials fees, some online courses require a mid-term and final exam proctoring fee, and Young Harris College does require a $100 per semester parking fee for students attending classes on campus.

Will Dual Enrollment Count Against the HOPE Scholarship or HOPE Grant Credit Hours Cap?

No, participating in the Dual Enrollment program will not count against the HOPE credit hour cap. In fact, the general education or core classes taken under Dual Enrollment count for the HOPE scholarship rigor requirement.  AS of July 1, 2013, Dual Enrollment courses now have the same Hope Scholarship and Grant GPA calculation .5 weight as AP or IB courses.

What Happens if a Student Decides to Drop or Withdraw from a Dual Enrollment Course or Fails a Course?

If a student drops a course within the drop/add period at the beginning of a semester, he or she simply drops the college course and enrolls in a high school course.  If a student withdraws from a course within the withdrawal period and after the drop/add period, the course counts toward the number of attempted college hours and the student enrolls in a high school course.  The student receives a W for the course. Students must complete 67% of the courses they attempt to remain in good academic standing with the college and the Georgia Finance Commission who funds the courses.  If a student drops below a 67% completion rate, he or she may take courses for a semester on probation to earn additional credits to reach the required 67% rate.  If a student withdraws after the withdrawal period, he or she will receive a WF which counts as an F on his or her high school and college transcripts.  If a student fails a course, he or she must sit-out from dual enrollment one semester.  The F from the failure counts on both the college and high school transcript.  A student may retake the course, but the F will still appear on both transcripts.