Save up to $26,000 in one year through dual enrollment!
Dual Enrollment with Paul D. Camp Community College gives high school students the opportunity to take college courses in their own high school, at a PDCCC campus or center, or with PDCCC online. While students work toward high school graduation, they also earn college credits. Students can even complete a general education certificate or general studies degree at the same time they graduate from high school.
- Students get early exposure to the academic rigors of college level coursework.
- Students can lessen the time and money needed to earn a college degree or certificate.
- Families receive significant college tuition savings on college courses taken at the high school. Earning an associate degree through dual enrollment can save up to $26,000 per year in college tuition, fees, and other expenses.
- Qualified students can receive financial assistance toward the net cost of tuition.
- Students earn college credits applicable to programs of study at PDCCC.
- Students can earn transferable college credits applicable toward transfer and guaranteed admissions to four-year colleges and universities.
Specific course, program, and GPA requirements for transfer vary by academic institution. Students should carefully research the transfer requirements for the four-year colleges and universities to which they wish to apply. Transferability of courses is established by each institution and students completing associate degrees concurrent with high school graduation should check the guaranteed admission agreements on the Virginia Wizard www.vawizard.org. Please utilize the “transfer” tab on the VA Wizard web site to see transfer agreements, Guaranteed Admission agreements, Transfer Planner and Transfer Grant information.
The VPT is offered by PDCCC free of charge to all prospective Dual Enrollment students. If students wish to use PSAT, SAT or other scores for dual enrollment placement, official documentation of test results must be provided to the college.
Admission to Transfer Courses
Transfer courses, sometimes referred to as general education courses — those such as English, math, history, science, and social science – are designed to transfer to four-year colleges and universities as part of the General Education Certificate or Associate of Arts and Science Degree programs. In order to take any Dual Enrollment transfer course, a student must place into college level reading, writing, and mathematics. Placement in specific math courses is determined by results on the VPT-Math, SAT, or ACT.
Admission to Career and Technical Education (CTE) Courses
Career and Technical Education courses – those such as welding, fire science, and industrial maintenance – are designed to prepare students for employment as part of Associate of Applied Science Degrees, Certificates, and Career Studies Certificates. In order to take any Dual Enrollment CTE courses, students must demonstrate ability in reading, writing, and mathematics. VPT cutoff scores for CTE courses are lower than cutoff scores for Transfer courses.
- Complete the PDCCC online application for admission, available at http://www.pdc.edu/admissions/online-application/ High School Guidance Counselors and PDCCC Career Coaches can assist students with completing the application for admission.
- Print the completed application and submit it along with a completed parent signature form (Certificate Section on page 2 of the Application), to the high school guidance counselor or other high school-designated dual enrollment contact.
- Each student who applies receives a student ID number at the end of the application process. This number is required in order to take the VPT. Keep a copy of the application and student ID number for your records.
- Take the VPT and/or request that the high school submit any PSAT, SAT, ACT, or SOL scores to PDCCC’s Dual Enrollment Coordinator. Students are strongly encouraged to take a VPT practice test prior to taking the VPT! VPT practice test information is available on PDCCC’s website at: http://www.pdc.edu/admissions/placement-testing/
- Contact the high school guidance counselor or other school-designated dual enrollment contact for available course selections.
PDCCC processes applications and reviews placement test scores. The college informs the high school of each student’s eligibility for dual enrollment courses. Students may not be enrolled in a Dual Enrollment course without appropriate placement test results. High Schools assign students to Dual Enrollment classes and provide the class rosters to PDCCC.
Last year, the Virginia legislature passed House Bill 1184 which required public school systems to work with their local community college to develop and implement Dual Enrollment Plans that would allow high school students to complete a one-year general education certificate or a two-year associate degree concurrent with high school graduation. PDCCC worked with all four school divisions in its service region to develop these plans. The Dual Enrollment Plans developed with Franklin City Schools, Suffolk City Schools, Southampton County Schools, and Isle of Wight County Schools include options to earn a one-year General Education Certificate and an Associates of Arts and Sciences Degree in General Studies.
Earning a PDCCC certificate or degree through dual enrollment involves taking courses at the high school as well as on campus or online, and may require enrollment in summer classes. Credit awarded for applicable dual enrollment courses and Advanced Placement courses with qualifying exam scores may be applied to the certificate and associate degree. Search the class schedule to see the courses offered on campus and online.
In 2014-15, PDCCC’s regular tuition and fees will be $138.15 per credit hour. In keeping with our commitment to make dual enrollment as affordable as possible for high school students and their families, PDCCC recognizes contributions of resources made by the high schools with immediate reimbursement of a portion of tuition. In most cases, this reimbursement is 80%. High schools, however, may collect tuition in excess of PDCCC’s per-credit-hour rate in order to cover expenses incurred by the school or school system.
In order to receive any immediate reimbursement of tuition, a student’s name must appear on a roster submitted by the high school within the first two weeks of class.
NOTE: High School students enrolling in summer or evening classes at PDCCC on-campus or online, students who self-enroll in PDCCC courses, students not on a roster submitted by a high school, and/or students enrolling in courses not counted for high school credit per the dual enrollment contract or HB1184 agreements with their high school, will be billed directly by the college and pay full tuition and fees.
The conditions for which the costs to students may be less than PDCCC’s regular tuition and fees include:
- For classes taught at the high schools by a qualified high school teacher, PDCCC will bill the high school $27.63 per credit hour.
- For classes taught at the high schools by a PDCCC adjunct or full time instructor, PDCCC will bill the high school $27.63 per credit hour plus $2000 per class in order to partially recover the additional cost of instruction.
- For classes taught at a PDCCC Campus or PDCCC Center at Smithfield for which the high school provides transportation, PDCCC will bill the high school $27.63 per credit hour plus $2000 per class in order to partially recover the additional cost of instruction.
- For classes provided online by a PDCCC instructor, and for which the high school provides facilities, seat time, technology, and textbooks, PDCCC will bill the high school $27.63 per credit hour plus $2000 per class in order to partially recover the additional cost of instruction.
- For classes provided online by PDCCC through Shared Services Distance Learning, and for which the high school provides facilities, seat time, technology, and textbooks, PDCCC will recognize the high school’s contribution with an immediate reimbursement of 33% and bill the high school $92.56 per credit hour. This higher per-credit-hour rate is necessary in order to offset the cost of instruction incurred by utilizing qualified instructors employed by another College.
Qualified home schooled students can take any of PDCCC’s courses for which they meet the course placement requirements and prerequisites. PDCCC also offers College English with a Classical Approach, ENG 111 and ENG 112, specifically for home schooled students.
Enroll in an online freshman composition class through Paul D. Camp Community taught by a 22-year veteran homeschooling mother with a passion for teaching English from a classical perspective. This course is transferable to a four-year college. College Composition I taught fall semester emphasizes rhetoric and College Composition II taught spring semester trains students in dialectic discourse in argument. Questions? Contact Mary Ellen Gleason at 757.569.6740 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information students should contact the PDCCC High School Career Coach assigned to your High School:
Private school and home school students should contact PDCCC’s Dual Enrollment Coordinator, Audrey Lawrence (email@example.com) for more information.