The Dual Enrollment program allows BUHS and Career Center students the elective opportunity to take college courses while still enrolled in high school. Dual enrollment is a great opportunity for students to complete high school graduation requirements and at the same time earn transcripted college credit.
What is dual enrollment ?
Dual enrollment provides high school students the opportunity to take college-credit bearing courses taught by college-approved high school teachers during their regularly scheduled day of classes. It is a low cost, highly supportive way of introducing students to college-level learning and can offer participants a jump start on college while still in high school.
What are the benefits of dual enrollment?
- Provides an opportunity for high school students to earn college credit in a supportive environment
- Enables a smoother transition for students from high school to college
- Demonstrates college readiness based on successful course completion
- Reduces the need for costly remedial courses in college
- Improves student motivation, aspiration, self-confidence and independence.
Who can enroll?
Students who are enrolled at BUHS or WRCC and who have met the high school prerequisites for the course which they want to take may enroll. Individual colleges who sponsor the courses sometimes have additional requirements for enrollment. For example, Community College of Vermont requires students to pass Accuplacer assessments with a certain level of proficiency.
How do students pay for dual enrollment classes? How does the voucher system work? What if a student has used both vouchers?
- Vermont provides vouchers for a total of two free courses for juniors and seniors, sponsored by any of our Vermont-based colleges. Students must include information about their course in their Personal Learning Plan to receive a voucher.
- Students taking collegiate career center courses are eligible for an additional one free courses through the Fast Forward program.
- Students who have either used up their vouchers or are taking courses with out-of-state colleges are asked to pay $100 for a 3 credit dual enrollment course.
- A needs-based scholarship fund is available to cover all or a portion of this fee. Our goal is to make sure that no student is denied entry to a dual credit course because of inability to pay.
Are there extra course requirements for dual enrollment?
There are no extra course requirements for students taking the course for dual credit. There is extra paperwork to be done at the start of the semester.
How does a student register for classes?
During the first two or three weeks of every semester, a representative of the Collegiate High School will visit these classes to discuss the registration process and register students who choose to take them for dual credit.
How does the credit get to my future college?
When a student has successfully completed the course, we will show them how to request a transcript for the college sponsoring the course and how to have it sent to the college or employer of your choice.
If I am in a dual credit course do I have to take it for college credit? Can I just take it for high school credit?
While students are not obligated to register for college credit, we strongly encourage it. The course requirements are the same.
Which colleges will accept dual enrollment credit?
Hundreds of our Collegiate High School students have transferred their credits to colleges all over the country. Colleges have their own policy regarding transfer credit. Some colleges will give credit for one of their existing courses while others may grant elective credit or allow students to skip some lower level classes. Students do not need to attend the college that granted the credit.
Why should a student register for dual enrollment if their choice college will not accept the credit?
Even if your college of choice does not accept the credit, you will gain an understanding of the rigor required for college-level courses. Additionally, if you transfer to another college, the college credits earned during high school may be accepted by that college.
What if the student does not plan to attend college?
These credits may be used at any point in the future. Successful completion of college level work is a strong measure of success in the workplace and employers may view these applications more favorably. Some employers give higher starting salaries for students with college credit.
What if I’m planning to go into the military?
Your first earned 24 college credits will advance you in rank. Recruiters tell us you can use college credits earned in high school toward 24 needed to advance in rank an additional 12 credits (total of 36) earns you 2nd advancement in rank.
How do i get my transcript once my dual credit class is complete?
Please use the links above to contact the College who issued the credit.