Do you know you can take dual enrollment courses in both academic and career technical education? I've explained the two divisions below.
Which area interest you? Why?
Career and Technical Education (CTE)
Career and technical education is a term applied to programs that specialize in skilled trades, applied sciences, modern technologies, and career preparation. There are a variety of certificate programs that prepare students for a wide range of high-wage, high-skill, high-demand careers. Scholarship opportunities may be available to students that meet the eligibility requirements to participate in the dual enrollment program. Popular programs include Air Conditioning & Refrigeration, Automated Manufacturing Technology, Welding Technology, and Drafting Design Engineering.
Academic courses taken for dual enrollment assist students in achievement of their educational goals. Credits earned can be applied toward an associates degree or transferred to a 4-year institution.
An advanced placement (AP) course requires students to take a rigorous test at the end of the course. Students can get college credit from AP exams if they get a certain score and the college they attend accepts the credits. Dual Enrollment means a high school student is enrolled in a college course that will be used for both high school credit and college credit.
Which one does your school offer? Do you think one is more beneficial than the other?
If you like the idea of getting a head start on your college education, a dual enrollment course may be right for you. I have few of the pros and cons you should consider before making your decision. Please feel free to respond with any questions or pros and cons you think should be added!
Kristy Swindle is the Dual Enrollment Coordinator at Bevill State Community College