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What Is Dual Credit?
Dual Credit is a program that allows qualified high school juniors and seniors to enroll in college-level classes that earn both high school and college credit. This program is operated jointly by the high school and St. Charles Community College. Students receive credit at both institutions upon successful completion of dual credit courses. The courses may be taught at the high school by high school instructors.
Benefits of Enrolling in the Dual Credit Program:
- Experience challenging learning opportunities that enhance and extend the high school curriculum.
- Avoid duplication in coursework when moving from high school to college.
- Have access to academic support services available to college students such as advising, library and tutoring services.
- Increase college-readiness and ease the transition from high school to college.
- Complete degree programs in a shorter time period.
- Save on the cost of college tuition.
What to Expect:
Course rigor: The course syllabus and content are approved by SCC academic departments and will be taught at the college level. You can expect the difficulty of this courses to be greater than that of high school courses.
Grades: You will be graded based on SCC standards and may be required to take a departmental final exam upon completion of the course.
Academic record: The credits and grades you earn through the Dual Credit Program will become part of your permanent academic record (transcript) at SCC.
Policies and procedures: You will be expected to follow SCC policies and procedures. A copy of the catalog and student handbooks are available at stchas.edu/catalog.
Attendance: Attendance is crucial.
Withdraw: It is the student’s responsibility to formally withdraw from a dual credit class. Contact the dual credit/enrollment coordinator for information regarding the withdrawal process. Failure to do so will result in an “F” on the student’s transcript. Payment is still required. Visit stchas.edu for a complete refund schedule and payment information.
Textbooks: Textbooks are available at the SCC Bookstore. Consumable materials such as workbooks and online passkeys may be required. A book buy-back is scheduled at the end of each semester for qualifying textbooks.