Joshua Lindenberger, listens to a podcast during a MPCC dual credit English class at North Platte High School. The dual credit program has proven to be a popular option throughout MPCC's 18-county service area.
Dual credit enrollments have reached a record high at Mid-Plains Community College.
They accounted for 13.8 percent of MPCC's total credit hours during the 2016-17 academic year, reaffirming the dual credit program as a viable and popular option for jump-starting a college education.
"Studies have shown that students who participate in dual credit programs are better prepared for college level work," said Becky Barner, area career coach for MPCC. "Those students also tend to enroll full-time in college after high school graduation, complete their college work quickly and successfully and are able to save thousands of dollars in tuition."
Dual credit, or dual enrollment, classes are available primarily to eligible juniors and seniors in high school. The courses allow students to earn credit, sometimes up to 60 hours' worth, toward a high school diploma and a college degree simultaneously.
Dual credit courses are taught in high schools, during regular school hours, by instructors who have a master's degree and 18 hours of graduate level coursework in the subject area they are teaching. Online and distance learning options are also available.
"Participation in dual credit programs eases the transition from high school to college, provides students an early start to their college careers and offers meaningful and challenging academic and technical experiences to students," said Barner.
General Biology, Human Anatomy and Physiology, English Composition, General Chemistry, College Algebra, Statistics, Trigonometry and Analytic Geometry and Calculus are just some of the many dual credit courses available through MPCC.
Others include American History, American Government and Politics, Weight Training, International Relations, Intermediate Spanish and Music Appreciation. Technical skills classes such as Welding Safety and Arc and Gas Welding are also offered.
Students are advised to contact the college or university they plan to attend to confirm credit transferability prior to enrolling in a dual credit class.
More information about MPCC and its dual credit program is available at mpcc.edu.