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Dual credits save money, time for students

Dual credits save money, time for students

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The dual credit programs offered are one year where college programs are a semester. Credits are issued to students in the second semester.

“It’s important for trying to get students on track for a college program,” Little said. “This allows them to get their foot in the door of the program.”

Students have the potential to leave high school with a semester of college credits, if not more, completed. Students are earning their first college transcript while taking the classes, Little said.

By the time a student graduates, he can walk away with up to 15 or 20 dual credits, not counting additional credits offered at the high school, Little said.

Logansport High School offers 70 dual credits including Advanced Placement classes.

”Dual credits are a huge part of our program of studies and important to our school,” said Matt Jones, principal of the high school.

Dual credits at the high school are a partnership with Indiana University, Ivy Tech and Vincennes University. Recent graduates have been transferring well over 30 credits in to Indiana universities, Jones said.

It saves money and prepares them for college level school work, he said. This year an Ivy Tech political science and Indiana University speech dual credit have been added.

”The junior and senior experience is becoming a collegiate atmosphere and that’s what we want,” Jones said. “We want more kids to go to college and think about college.”

Jones said most students realize how beneficial the credits are and they even hear about it as soon as eighth-grade orientation.

”We can’t be happier with the amount of kids taking dual credit courses,” Jones said. “It’s attractive to go in to college and have 30 credits out of the way. It’s such an advantage, especially with college prices.”

Amie Sites is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5117 or amie.sites@pharostribune.com.

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