You can earn college credit while still in high school!
DSLCC offers a variety of options for high school students to do that: concurrent enrollment, dual enrollment and Jackson River Governor’s School. To be eligible, you must be a junior or senior and prepared for the demands of college-level work. Exceptional freshman and sophomores will be considered.
The Jackson River Governor’s School provides an option if you are interested in science, technology engineering and math (STEM) courses at an advanced level.
What is Concurrent Enrollment?
Concurrent enrollment allows you to take courses on campus at DSLCC or online with DSLCC faculty. You would be a part-time student at DSLCC and remain a full-time student in your high school. Homeschooled students may pursue this option as well.
What is Dual Enrollment?
Dual enrollment classes are DSLCC courses taught at your high school during the regular school day. Classes are taught by high school teachers who are also DSLCC adjunct faculty. Textbooks, syllabi, and workload are comparable to college freshman-level courses.
Dual enrollment classes can save you a significant amount of money. In most cases, students do not pay out of pocket for dual enrollment classes. Dual enrollment courses vary by high school; check with your high school guidance department for specific options at your school.
Dual Enrollment Requirements
- Be high school junior or senior. (Sophomores and freshmen can apply for exception).
- Meet dual enrollment admissions criteria.
- Apply to DSLCC.
- Permission of parents or legal guardian.
- Permission from high school.
- Meet all course prerequisites.
For more information on DSLCC’s Dual Enrollment Program, contact Timothy Cary, Dual Enrollment Coordinator, (540) 863-2913, email@example.com or speak to your high school guidance counselor to discuss your options.
DSLCC partners with area high schools to provide career coaching that can help you explore career options that most closely match your interests and strengths, while explaining which DSLCC programs of study can lead to the jobs you want most.
DSLCC Career Coach Services Include:
- Individual and small group career assessment
- Career Exploration – informational interviews, job shadowing, internships, & interacting with local business and industry
- Developing and updating career plans
- Guidance on programs of study – certifications, career & technical centers, community colleges, & four-year colleges and universities
- Help with the college & financial aid application processes
- Mock interviewing skills and resume & cover letter development
- Soft Skills – communication, problem solving, work ethic, time management and self-awareness
Areas of Focus
While DSLCC Career Coaches may provide services to all high school students, their primary focus is on serving the middle majority students – 2.0 – 3.0 GPA first generation, ESL, and the economically disadvantaged.
Educational Talent Search
Educational Talent Search serves individuals identified as potential first-generation college students (neither parent has a four-year college degree) who can succeed in higher education.
Educational Talent Search is designed to encourage students in grades seven through twelve, as well as high school dropouts or post-secondary stop-outs, to continue their education.
The goal of Educational Talent Search is to increase the number of individuals who complete high school and enroll in the post-secondary education institution of their choice.
DSLCC welcomes home schooled students! Applicants should generally be at least 16 years old and comply with the following procedures.
- Applicants will provide a current copy of a completed and signed home schooled agreement between their school system and their parent/guardian.
- An applicant whose home schooling does not require a home schooled agreement should generally be 18 years of age and able to demonstrate the ability to benefit from a program at the College as evaluated by an appropriate score on the placement test or the SAT or ACT test.
- Applicants will complete the online Application for Admission.
- Applicants will complete the VPT Math and English tests unless they have taken the SAT/ACT and have qualifying scores.
- Applicants will meet with an academic advisor to plan their program of study.
For more information, please contact Student Services at (540) 863-2820.