You may or may not know that RHS is currently offering dual enrollment possibilities in a few of our courses. The definition below will provide a bit more detail into this real opportunity for students to not only earn college credit but to also:
- have a chance to experience interests and passions prior to college
- earn a business ready certificate while still attending high school
- set apart their transcript from other high school students by adding college credits/transcript to a high school transcript
- earn college credits at a reduced rate
- potentially interact with college professors and take advantage of college resources.
In recent years, dual-enrollment programs, courses, and experiences have grown in popularity in the United States, and they are generally viewed as a way to expose students to collegiate learning, demystify the collegiate experience, provide more challenging learning opportunities, increase postsecondary aspirations, or accelerate the attainment of a college degree—all of which can contribute to higher enrollment, success, and degree-attainment rates in postsecondary education programs.
In addition, since dual-enrollment programs may allow students to earn both high school and college credit simultaneously, they can decrease the amount of time—by a semester, year, or even more—commonly required to earn a two- or four-year postsecondary degree. And because the cost of dual-enrollment courses may be fully or partially subsidized, the expenses and loan debt averted by students and families can also improve the chances that a student will choose to enroll in and complete a postsecondary program. (The growing costs associated with earning a college degree, and concerns about taking on loan debt, are among the most frequently cited reasons why students decide not to pursue postsecondary education.)