Frankfurt, CA – More Kentucky students are using dual enrollment courses, which offer high school and college credit at the same time.
What you need to know
- Double enrollment courses allow students to earn high school and college credit at the same time
- Those classes are usually much cheaper than a student’s college entrance.
- Kentucky Council Post-Secondary Education (CPE) enrollment has increased by about 78% in six years.
- CPE President Dr. Aaron Thompson encourages high school students to participate
Kentucky Council reports that 20,944 Kentucky students enrolled in double enrollment in the 2019/2020 academic year. This is an increase of 78 percent over the past six years.
CPE President Dr. Aaron Thompson encourages students to take these classes for many benefits.
“One is to make students realize that they can go to college and that they are college materials,” Thompson said. “Taking these courses in high school is powerful to achieve that belief system.”
Instead of waiting for him to graduate, he said, combined enrollment is a more affordable option.
“The more you can take these courses for free or at a lower rate, the more money you will make after entering full-time college,” Thompson said.
CPE researched with community colleges and four-year universities. Thompson found that students of color and low-income families with high school enrollment had a high GPA in college.
Thompson encourages high school students to talk to their guidance counselors about their school’s combined enrollment options.