Dual Enrollment (FAQ)

WHAT IS DUAL ENROLLMENT?

Dual Enrollment is a unique enrichment program in which high school students are given the opportunity to take college courses in their own high school or at Paul D. Camp Community College. This means that while students continue to work toward high school graduation, they can also earn college credits.

THE BENEFITS OF DUAL ENROLLMENT:

  • Student is both a high school student and enrolled in college (dual enrolled)
  • May shorten the time to college degree completion
  • Gives students early exposure to the academic rigors of a college level course
  • Saves time and money
  • College credit is earned at the same time as high school credit
  • College courses are taught at the college level
  • Credit earned for many dual enrolled courses may be applied toward a degree or certificate once the student is enrolled in college
  • Transfer applicable college credit to all four-year colleges and universities in Virginia and possibly schools in other states.
  • Access to VA Wizard
  • Guaranteed Admissions*
  • Guaranteed Transfer
  • Paul D. Camp Community College accepts credits earned from dual enrollment into the appropriate programs of study
  • Successful completion of Dual Enrollment courses may help in the college selection process.

*Certain conditions do apply

INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS:

Students interested in Dual Enrollment must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a high school junior or senior or 16 years of age.
  • Obtain permission to enroll from the high school.
  • Complete the Application for Admission by the established deadline. You will receive a student ID number once your application is complete.
  • Take the college placement test at the high school or Paul D. Camp Community College.
  • Meet the College’s academic requirements for the program.
  • Register for the Dual Enrollment course by the established deadline.
  • Request that the College send transcripts to appropriate colleges upon graduation from high school.

NOTE: Students who have previously taken dual enrollment courses do not need to complete another PDCCC application, but must complete the registration form to enroll in the class.

PARENT’S RESPONSIBILITY:

Parents of Dual Enrollment students are responsible for:

  • Follow-up with students to be sure they complete and submit the Application for Admission and Registration forms.
  • Sign the Certificate Section on page two of the Application for Admission if the student is under age 18.
  • Submit payment (depending on the school system) to your student’s school.
  • Remind students that they will be developing a permanent college academic record. All college-level classes should be taken seriously.

COURSE OFFERINGS:

Dual Enrollment students may take courses in the academic and career and technical education programs. Paul D. Camp Community College and the participating high schools determine the specific dual enrollment courses offered each year.

The following courses may be offered:

Biology, Business, Early Childhood Education, Calculus, English, Human Anatomy and Physiology, History, Pre-Calculus, Psychology, Sociology, Public Speaking, Statistics, Student Development, Welding, Electricity and Industrial Technology

Dual enrollment courses hold the same rigor as any other college level course. Students are expected to perform at the same level as their college student counterparts participating in the same course.

Program requirements for the General Education Certificate are listed in the curriculum below.

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General Education Content Areas and Credits Required Courses that Meet Criteria of General Education Content Areas
Communication (6 credits) CST 100 and ENG 111
Humanities/Fine Arts (6 credits) ART,ENG,HUM,MUS,REL,SPA,OR CST electives;
Social/Behavioral Sciences (9 credits) HIS 121, HIS 122, and PSY/ECO/SOC Elective
Natural Sciences (7-8 credits) Two Lab Science EEE (BIO/CHM/PHY)
Mathematics (3 credits) MTH 163 or MTH 151
Personal Development (1 credits) SDV 100
Minimum total credits: 32-33 Minimum total credits: 33

 

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Course

Course Title

Course Credits

Fall Term

SDV 100

College Success Skills

1

ENG 111

College Composition I

3

MTH EEE

( MTH 163)Precalculus I or (MTH 151) Math for Liberal Arts I

3

HIS 121

(HIS 121) U.S. History I

3

Lab Science

BIO, CHM, PHY,

4

HUM ELECTIVE

ART,ENG,HUM,MUS,REL,SPA, OR CST

3

Sub-Total

17

Spring Term

Humanities EEE

ART, ENG, HUM, MUS, REL, SPA, OR CST

3

CST 100

Introduction to Public Speaking

3

HIS 122

(HIS 122) U.S. History II

3

Social Science Elective

PSY/SOC/ECO elective

3

Lab Science

BIO, CHM, PHY, NAS, GOL

4

Sub-Total

16

Total

33

DUAL ENROLLMENT IS WAVE OF THE FUTURE

A greatly expanded selection of dual enrollment classes are now being offered by Paul D. Camp Community College, making it possible for students to begin getting a head start on a bachelor degree, or improving their employability with an associate degree and/or Career Studies certificate well before their high school graduation.

These courses are carefully reviewed to ensure that the students achieve all college level competencies and that the teachers hold the standard Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) teaching credentials. For details of available dual enrollment classes, please contact the high school’s guidance counselor, PDCCC Career Coach or Paul D. Camp Community College Admissions.

DUAL ENROLLMENT HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT ADMISSION

Dual enrollment is designed for qualified high school juniors and seniors who are enrolled in special PDCCC courses offered at the high school or the college. The school system and the college must approve courses within this program.

To qualify for this program, the student must complete and submit an Application for Admission, documentation of parental permission for enrollment, and pass the College Placement Test. Documentation of parental permission is required for all dual enrollment students.

DUAL ENROLLMENT FOR HOME SCHOOLED HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT ADMISSION

Dual Enrollment is also available for the home schooled student. A copy of a home school agreement approved by the school district, a letter from the local school board or a copy of the letter filed by the parent/legal guardian declaring home schooling for religious exemption must be provided. The students must also pass the College Placement Test. These students must meet similar requirements as other high school students

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

What courses are offered as dual enrollment credits?

PDCCC and the high school determine classes that are offered each semester as dual enrollment courses. Typically, the dual enrollment classes offered would be courses taken during a student’s first year of college.


Who is eligible to take a dual enrollment college class?

  • Students who take the PDCCC placement test to demonstrate that they are prepared to do college level work (tests for high school dual enrollment course placement can be taken at either PDCCC campus or may be scheduled at the local high school.
  • Each student must complete a PDCCC application. The application is also available online at www.pdc.edu .
  • Students need high school and parental approval to enroll in PDCCC courses.

Are dual enrollment classes transferable to a four year college or university?

  • Dual enrollment classes that are designed to transfer to colleges and universities are considered university bound courses and are approved to satisfy the general education core requirement at the college freshman or sophomore level.
  • Students should consult with their high school counselor or a PDCCC college counselor to determine which courses are considered transfer courses.

College Transcripts

Students may request that a copy of their PDCCC transcript be sent to other colleges and universities from the PDCCC Office of Admissions and Records once coursework is complete.


How does a dual enrollment course differ from an Advanced Placement (AP) course?

  • A dual enrollment course is a college class taught by an instructor who has the degree and credentials to teach at a community college.
  • Upon successful completion of a dual enrollment course, a student is awarded college credit as well as high school credit.
  • A high school transcript and a college transcript are separately generated for each school.
  • In an AP course, the student must pay for a standardized exam at the end of the course. Based on the exam results (and the college/school), a student may or may not receive college credit.
  • Some dual enrollment courses offer Guaranteed Transfer (see VA Wizard)

Who benefits from dual enrollment classes?

  • The student benefits! Studies show that those who acquire college credits while still in high school are more likely to continue their education beyond high school.
  • Families of the high school students benefit! College credits earned during high school help reduce the financial burden of full-time college tuition.
  • The Commonwealth of Virginia benefits! It avoids unnecessary duplication.