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CCCCD Experiences Growth In Dual Credit & Concurrent Enrollment

SEPTEMBER 27, 2002 - Collin County Community College District's dual credit/concurrent enrollment program experienced a significant increase in registration for the fall semester. The program, which offers high school students the opportunity to jump-start their college education, registered 733 students for the fall semester -- up from 531 for fall 2001, an impressive 38 percent increase.

"Students, as well as their parents, are recognizing the benefits of getting a head start on their college careers. They are learning what it is like to be in a college-level class and earning credit in core transfer courses at a lower cost than the universities they plan to attend. The program eases a student's transition into college," said Kathrine Swanson, associate dean of students.

Project First Step, the dual credit/concurrent enrollment program, allows academically gifted high school juniors and seniors to begin their college career while still completing high school. Juniors may take one college course per semester, and seniors may take two courses per semester. However, both juniors and seniors are limited to one course per five-week summer session. Students interested in this program should visit with their counselor, who will decide which college courses are accepted and whether or not the courses may be taken for dual credit. A student who receives "dual credit" will earn both high school and college credit for a particular class.

Collin County Community College District serves more than 37,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs in a wide range of disciplines. In addition, the CCCCD is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.

For information about dual credit/concurrent enrollment, visit our web site at or call the Office of Recruitment and Programs for New Students at 972-377-1750.