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September 4, 2013

Dual credits save money, time for students

Dual credits save money, time for students

High schools are focusing more and more on preparing students for college, and Logansport High School and the Century Career Center are no exception.

During the 2012 school year, dual credits, courses in which high school students can earn both high school and college credits, offered at Century Career Centered jumped from 36 to 107. During the same school year, 370 students earned a total of 1,464 dual credits, which is over $200,000 saved in tuition, said James Little, director of the career center.

Ninety percent of dual credits offered have no charge, allowing great savings to the family and student when looking at tuition costs, Little said.

Dual credits are offered in many programs including criminal justice, web page design, building construction, medical programs, machine tool and die machine trades, early childhood education and a variety of other classes. This year they will be adding digital photography and engineering programs, Little said.

Bruce Jordan, criminal justice teacher at the Century Career Center, understands the importance of the dual-credit program. A level I and II criminal justice class is offered to students.

Jordan, who taught criminal justice at the Kokomo Area Career Center for five years before coming to Logansport, said the program gives the students such an advantage, particularly if they’re going on to a state-supported university, the dual credits are transferable to any state-supported school and any of their extensions.

“In same cases, the student might realize they don’t like the class, but at least they found that out before spending a ton of money in college,” Jordan said. “We try to have them take a look at some of career options and give them exposure of what they might want to do.”

Students who take the first level criminal justice class, where they can earn up to six credits, will go over law enforcement, courts and corrections. The second-level class will offer up to three credits and concentrate on criminal investigation and forensic science. Dual credits are currently offered to Ivy Tech and Vincennes University. Little hopes more credits will be offered this fall.

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