With dual enrollment online, students can earn both high school and college credits at the same time. The college credits you earn can be applied toward an associate’s or bachelor’s degree.
How Does Dual Enrollment Online Work?
Our dual enrollment program is available for both juniors and seniors as well as adult learners. It gives our students the option of earning valuable college credits while completing their high school education.
- Adult learners must complete credits for 9th and 10th grade to qualify
- Juniors and seniors must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher to qualify
- Sophomores can participate if they have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and complete the ACCUPLACER
At Excel, we offer a variety of career certificates and undergraduate certificates through our dual enrollment program.
The Benefits of Earning College Credits in High School
There are many benefits to entering a dual enrollment program:
Jumpstart Your College Career
One of the greatest benefits of earning college credits in high school is that it prepares you for the college experience. The curriculum is more rigorous, and the demands are greater.
To pass these classes and earn your college credits, you must have the same competencies as college students. These courses give you a taste of the college learning environment.
At Excel, students have the option of completing a career or undergraduate certificate. Upon graduation, these students are prepared to transition directly into a career.
We offer three career certificate courses:
- Pharmacy Technician
- Microsoft Office Specialist Certificate
- Medical Billing & Coding Certificate Program
Undergraduate certificates can help jumpstart your career as you head into college. Excel has a wide range of undergraduate certificates, from marketing to business law, accounting, economics, digital marketing, and more.
Save Money on Your Education
College tuition is expensive. The longer you attend, the greater the costs. A dual enrollment program will help you cut back on college tuition costs by helping you graduate faster.
The college credits you earn in a dual enrollment program can be put towards your associate’s or bachelor’s degree. These credits reduce the number of courses you need to earn your college degree, helping you graduate faster and spend less money on tuition costs.
Enjoy the College Learning Experience
The first few years of college typically consist of general education classes, such as a language course, composition, and algebra. These courses are a requirement for graduation, but they aren’t always the most exciting or fulfilling classes.
But here’s the good news: many of these general education courses can be taken while you’re still in high school. When you finally graduate and enter college, you can skip ahead to the courses that are focused on your major. It frees up your time, allowing you to personalize your college experience.
Dual enrollment gives you a head start in college, so you can start focusing on your major in your freshman and sophomore years.
Explore Different Interests and Fields
Dual enrollment also gives you the opportunity to explore different interests and potential career fields before you enter college.
Doing this exploration now will help you better choose a major that will support your career aspirations. Ultimately, this can save you time and money. You may find that the career path you were interested in isn’t a good fit for your lifestyle and goals.
There are many advantages to earning college credits in high school. The primary benefit is getting a head start on your college education and potentially accelerating your graduation. Students save time and money while preparing themselves for the college experience. Those who choose a career certificate may be able to enter right into a career after graduation.