Programs for High School Students

What is Dual Enrollment?

Group of high school students seated around a tree

Dual Enrollment is a program that allows qualified high school students to maximize their education and career training by taking courses that earn college and high school credit at the same time!

Some students may choose to enroll fully into a degree, diploma or technical certificate of credit program, or they may choose to just take a few courses. Participating in the Dual Enrollment program is a great incentive for high school students to get ahead on their college coursework!

What are the benefits of taking Wiregrass courses while in high school through Dual Enrollment?

  • Dual Enrollment allows high school students to get a jumpstart on their college majors, putting them miles ahead on the road to their dream career.
  • Degree level core classes may transfer to any University System of Georgia or Technical College System of Georgia college or university PLUS many other colleges/universities outside of the state of Georgia! Starting your college career at Wiregrass can really take you anywhere you want to go.
  • College credits taken and paid through Dual Enrollment Funding do not count against HOPE Scholarship or HOPE Grant hours after you graduate from high school.
  • College core credits ARE counted as rigor courses for HOPE Scholarship and Zell Miller Scholarship calculations.
  • Dual enrollment has had a positive effect on postsecondary access, degree attainment, college credit accumulation, and high school completion rates, boosting academic achievement not only for affluent students, but low-income, minority students as well.
  • Taking more rigorous courses in high school increases the chances of low-income, first-generation college students’ to enroll in a four-year college.
  • Dual enrollment is an effective “gateway” for postsecondary education. Nationally, from 2010 to 2016, 88 percent of former concurrent enrollment students attended postsecondary institutions upon exiting high school; conversely, only 12 percent did not participate in postsecondary education.
    There is a significant positive effect on postsecondary graduation rates between early college participants and their non-early college peers, especially among low-income students.
  • Dual enrollment students generally have higher grades in college and persist at greater rates than their traditional peers.

Legg, JM, Johnston, HJ (2020 August). Concurrent Enrollment and Early College: Assuring Postsecondary Access and Achievement. Retrieved from https://scholarcommons.usf.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1001&context=anchin_policy_brief


Lisa Helms
Assistant Director of High School Services
Ben Hill-Irwin Campus
Room 625
O: (229) 468-2049
lisa.helms@wiregrass.edu
Brooke Jaramillo
Executive Director of High School Services
High Schools, Valdosta Campus
Berrien Hall, Room 104B
O: (229) 333-2100 ext. 6163
brooke.jaramillo@wiregrass.edu
Shamonti Rizer
Assistant Director of High School Services
Valdosta Campus
Berrien Hall, Room 104A
O: (229) 333-2100 ext. 1246
shamonti.rizer@wiregrass.edu