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Dual Enrollment

Upcoming Events

Dual Enrollment Informational Meeting for Families
January 16, 2020, 6-8 p.m. at Rockdale Career Academy, 1064 Culpepper Drive, Conyers, GA. Dual Enrollment Information Sessions and then meet representatives from colleges such as Pointe University, Georgia Piedmont Technical College, Georgia Military College. For more information, contact khardy@rockdale.k12.ga.us


Accuplacer for GPTC
Accuplacer (assessment) for Dual Enrollment Admissions to Georgia Piedmont Technical College is scheduled to be given:
Thursday, November 14, 2019, 9 a.m.-noon @ RCA.
Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 9 a.m.-noon @ RCA for RCHS students.
Thursday, January 30, 2020, 9 a.m.-noon @ RCA for HHS students.
Friday, January 31, 2020, 9 a.m.-noon @ RCA for SHS students.

Register at your high school (home high school) Counseling Office. Bus transportation provided. Testing seats are on a "first-registered, first-tested" basis as seats are limited.

The Accuplacer is offered continuously at GPTC, Newton Campus, in the Testing Center.





Dual Enrollment Checklist


Students interested in participating in Rockdale County’s Dual Enrollment program for 2020-2021 MUST complete Steps 1-6 by May 1, 2020

Step 1)  Student/Parent attends the County’s Dual Enrollment Mandatory Meeting.
Suggested Date of Completion:  January 31.
    
Step 2)  Take SAT/ACT or Accuplacer (if required/ recommended for admission).
Suggested Date of Completion:  January 31.

Step 3)  Apply to and be accepted by the college/university of choice.
Suggested Date of Completion:  January 31.
    
Step 4)  After acceptance for admission into the college, student MUST complete online (on gafutures.org) Dual Enrollment Funding Application (this funding application must be completed each term).
Suggested Date of Completion:  January 31.

Step 5)   After acceptance for admission into the college, student MUST meet with school counselor to discuss course options and complete the Rockdale County School System Dual Enrollment Student Participation document. (School counselor MUST approve courses each term) After meeting with school counselor, student will register for Dual Enrollment classes at the college based on courses approved by the counselor (complete each term).
Suggested Date of Completion:  During registration at the home school:
RCHS – February.
HHS – February.
SHS – March.     

Step 6)  Student will provide your counselor a copy of your final schedule for the DE college (each term) **If courses are taken at RCA a copy of the schedule is NOT required.
Suggested Date of Completion:  May 1.






Useful Links

RCPS Dual Enrollment presentation (PDF) (same information posted below on this page)

Dual Enrollment at RCA
•  GPTC information
•  GPTC steps to apply (PDF) (RTF)
•  Point University

Dual Enrollment Online
•  Georgia Military College information
•  Georgia Military College Application Guide

Georgia Department of Education - Dual Enrollment information
Georgia Department of Education - Dual Enrollment, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)






Dual Enrollment:
Opening Up Opportunities

(Information from PDF of RCPS Dual Enrollment presentation)

What is Dual Enrollment?: 
A program that allows high school students to earn college credit while also earning a high school diploma.
The program is administered by the Ga. Student Finance Commission.
Students may enroll in a maximum 15 semester hours or twelve quarter hours per semester for 3 semesters or 4 quarters per year.
Core classes and electives are available.
Academic and technical classes are available.
Students may attend full or part time.
Available at Georgia public, private, and technical colleges.


Who is eligible?:

Any student enrolled in 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade at a public or private high school in Georgia.
Any student enrolled in a home study program in the state of Georgia.
Students must be enrolled in an eligible, participating school within the University System of Georgia, the Technical College System of Georgia, or a private college or universities.


What costs are covered?:
Tuition, 
Mandatory fees, 
Textbooks.
****some courses may have additional fees outside of mandatory college fees that may not be covered under the Dual Enrollment program.


Why Participate?
Students are introduced to college level work.
Expanded course offerings.
Opportunities to explore potential careers.
Possible early college graduation and entry into the workforce.
A full high school credit is earned for a 3-hour college course.
Courses are weighted at .5 for the HOPE GPA.
No EOC or AP exams.
Studies show that students who participate in Dual Enrollment show an increased likelihood of:
General academic achievement in high school,
Attendance,
College readiness,
College access and enrollment,
Credit accumulation,
College degree attainment.


Full Disclosure: Are there any possible disadvantages?
Courses are challenging and taught by college professors who may not know/care that a student is in high school Professors will only communicate with the student.
Because most courses are worth a full credit, grades are counting "double" for one semester – great for a good grade but harmful for a bad grade!
Credit transfer is not a guarantee – you must do research!
Competitive colleges may not consider Dual Enrollment as rigorous as AP courses.


Eligibility vs. Readiness - Look beyond GPA and standardized test scores!
A SUCCESSFUL DUAL ENROLLMENT STUDENT:
Is self-motivated (will communicate with the professor)
Mature
Organized
Takes Initiative
Responsible
Has good time management skills
Meets deadlines and avoids procrastination.

DANGER:
Disorganization
Perfectionism
Easily Overwhelmed
Unassertiveness
Unwilling to ask for help
Over-reliance on parents
Poor time management skills
Procrastinator.


High School is not = College
HIGH SCHOOL:
Parents and teachers remind you of your responsibilities and priorities.
Study time may be limited and last-minute You seldom need to read anything more than once and sometimes listening in class is enough.
Teachers approach you if they feel you need help.
Teachers present the material and help you understand, often writing on board and/or providing notes.
Teachers carefully monitor attendance.
Testing is frequent and covers small amounts of material.
Homework and/or extra credit assignments are offered to balance low test grades.

COLLEGE:
Students must be responsible and set priorities.
You need to study at least 2-3 hours outside of class for each hour in class.
You need to review class notes and text material regularly; test preparation requires multiple reviews of all course material.
Professors expect you to initiate contact if you need assistance.
Professors may not follow a textbook but expect you to read and relate content.  Professors may lecture nonstop and expect you to take relevant notes.
Attendance may not be monitored.
Testing is usually infrequent and cumulative.
Grades on tests and major papers usually provide the course grade.


What do some DE professors want you to know?
Students will be given a syllabus at the beginning of the semester – the expectation is to READ it and to keep up with due dates and test dates. Keep an agenda or calendar.
Independent reading and work at home is expected.  There is more "outside of class" work.
Attendance is important!
Classes move at a faster pace.
Students should be independent learners, self-starters and organized.  They must advocate for themselves.
There are no DE classes on Fridays, except labs for science courses.
Professors do not communicate with parents.  There are no parent/teacher conferences.
Grades are not available on Infinite Campus.  Grades are only available through the student's Learning Management System.  Parent/student communication is key.
Students will receive communication from the college via email.  They need to check their email,  READ the email, and follow through.

Bottom Line – Weigh all factors and make the best decision for your student!


College Credits and Grades – How does that work?
1.   The College/University issues the grades – NOT the high school.
2.  The grades count for both high school AND college credit.
3.  Most courses count as a full high school credit and are weighted courses.
4.  These are college credits and thus begin a student’s college transcript.
5.  Students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) at the college and be progressing towards on-time high school graduation.  
6.   Many colleges require a “C” or better for college credit and to progress to the next course.  High schools will award credit for a “D”.
7.  Colleges provide letter grades and RCPS will convert to a numerical grade.  A=95  B=85  C=77  D=72  F=60 .
8.   Colleges will be on a different academic calendar so start/end dates and schedule change and withdrawal dates WILL NOT align to the high school calendar and very likely will have consequences to student’s schedule and grade.


2 Options for Dual Enrollment
OPTION A:
•  Meet traditional high school graduation requirements through a combination of high school courses and Dual Enrollment courses for a minimum of 24 credits.

OPTION B:

Meet high school graduation requirements by completing:
•  9 high school course requirements (2 English, 2 Math, 2 Science, 2 Social Studies, PE/Health) 
AND
•  Any Associate degree OR
•  Any technical college diploma program OR
•  At least two technical college certificate of credit (TCC) programs in at least one specific career pathway
•  The TCSG will annually identify eligible programs of study


Option B Programs
•  Computer Programming
•  Manufacturing
•  Welding
•  Computer Information Systems

OPTION B AT RCA: WELDING
•  2 TCC’s can be completed in 1 year
•  6 Welding courses and technical English and math
•  Requires a full day on B days at RCA


Typical Academic Courses at RCA
Advanced Composition
American Literature
Public Speaking
College Algebra, Statistics, Precalculus, Calculus
Economics
American Government
U.S. History
Biology
Anatomy and Physiology
Psychology, Sociology


Dual Enrollment technical course options at RCA:
•  911 Operator
•  EMT (Emergency Medical Technician)
•  Welding
•  Fire


Gafutures.orgYour one-stop shop
All DE students must create an account on gafutures.org
Dual Enrollment: https://www.gafutures.org/hope-state-aid-programs/scholarships-grants/dual-enrollment/
Participating colleges and universities: https://www.gafutures.org/media/187999/dual-enrollment_eligible_institutions.pdf
Course directory: https://apps.gsfc.org/securenextgen/dsp_accel_course_listings.cfm
Course Transfer information: https://www.gatracs.org/planning
FAQ’s: https://www.gafutures.org/hope-state-aid-programs/scholarships-grants/dual-enrollment/frequently-asked-questions/
Your HOPE GPA


What is the Process to Register for DE Classes?
Research colleges and admission requirements on gafutures.org 
Apply to college and provide all required supporting documentation
Take any required assessments and submit results to college
Advisement with high school counselor 
Register with high school and college – Feb, March
Read, sign and turn in RCPS Dual Enrollment Contract by April 15


Documents for Dual Enrollment Participation
College Application (very often online)
Any supplemental documents required by the college – i.e., high school transcript, test scores, immunization record
Dual Enrollment Funding Application – located on gafutures.org
Student Participation Agreement for the college
RCPS Dual Enrollment Contract


***IMPORTANT NOTE***
Being "registered" into a Dual Enrollment class at RCA during the high school registration process is only an unofficial placeholder in that class.  A student is not officially registered into the class until the student has been accepted and registered by the COLLEGE!
It is the STUDENT’S responsibility to be accepted and registered at the college.


Dual Enrollment at RCA: Georgia Piedmont Technical College
Open to 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th
9th and 10th MUST take the Accuplacer and meet admission minimums
11th and 12th can be admitted with a 2.6 HOPE GPA (located on gafutures), or acceptable PSAT, or SAT, or ACT or Accuplacer or >525 EOC 9th grade Lit to take English
Offers academic and technical courses at RCA
https://www.gptc.edu/technical-education/high-school-students/


Dual Enrollment at RCA: Point University
Accepts 11th and 12th graders only
Must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
Offers academic classes at RCA
https://point.edu/admissions/apply/


Dual Enrollment Online Option: Georgia Military College
Accepts 10th -12th graders
Requires a 2.5 cumulative GPA AND Accuplacer or acceptable SAT or ACT scores
Classes are taught online with support from GMC Milledgeville campus
https://www.gmc.edu/admissions/join-dual-enrollment.cms


Accuplacer for Dual Enrollment Admissions to Ga. Piedmont Technical College
The Accuplacer is scheduled to be given:
Thursday, November 14, 2019, 9 a.m.-noon @ RCA 
Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 9 a.m.-noon @ RCA for RCHS students
Thursday, January 30, 2020, 9 a.m.-noon @ RCA for HHS students
Friday, January 31, 2020, 9 a.m.-noon @ RCA for SHS students

Register in home high school Counseling Office
Bus transportation provided
Testing seats are on a "first-registered, first-tested" basis as seats are limited  
The Accuplacer is offered continuously at GPTC, Newton Campus, in the Testing Center


Important Information for IEP/504 Students
Are students with disabilities required to meet the admission criteria? Yes. Admission criteria and prerequisite courses are determined by the individual postsecondary institution.

Do accommodations listed in the student’s IEP apply to college classes? No. Reasonable accommodations that allow equal access will be determined by the college. Students as well as parents must understand that not all accommodations, services and/or supports available at high school will be deemed necessary at the college level.

Does the IEP team make decisions about accommodations provided in the college classes? No.
The IEP plays an important role in recommendations and documentation for requested accommodations but the decision rests with the receiving college.

How will compliance with Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) be addressed in Dual Enrollment programs? Services will be covered by 504/ADA. IDEA requirement for a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) do not apply to the postsecondary level. Services described in the IEP would not be ensured with college course work completed through dual enrollment. The student would continue to receive accommodations, services and supports outlined in the IEP for all high school course work.

How are accommodations secured for dual enrollment courses? The student must:  Apply to the Office of Disability Services at the college to self-identify the disability  Request accommodations and provide necessary supporting documentation  Follow other required steps as identified by the postsecondary institution  The special education case manager should assist the student and family in this process as a transition service.

If a student requires interpreter services or text in alternate format, does the college provide the services or does the high school? The college is responsible for providing accommodations for the college class.

Is the student with a disability held to the same grade requirements as other students?  Yes. Students with disabilities will be required to meet the same academic and behavioral standards. 


A Few Final Notes...
Dual Enrollment is an incredible opportunity but does require the right fit between the student and the program. Your counselor is here to advise and support the Dual Enrollment participation process, but it is important to remember that the student will be an independent college student while still in high school and must meet the same expectations as an undergraduate student.
It is the student's responsibility to troubleshoot on any issues with admissions, acceptance, textbooks, a missed quiz, etc.
All courses taken through Dual Enrollment require the counselor's approval and signature on the Student Participation Agreement.
Per federal law, college personnel cannot and will not communicate with parents regarding their child, regardless of the student's age or dependency status.  All communication is done with the student.





For more information, contact Karen Hardy at khardy@rockdale.k12.ga.us or 770-388-5677.