Dual Credit Classes Prove Popular
Gov. Matt Bevin and Education Workforce Development Secretary Hal Heiner launched the state's Dual Credit Scholarship Program June 1.
Beginning this school year, the program provides dual credit scholarship funds for all 173 public school districts in the state, giving every high school senior the chance to take two dual credit courses at no cost to his or her family. The program also allocates funds for every high school junior to take one dual credit class, also at no cost.
At their monthly meeting Monday night, Paducah Board of Education members approved an updated memorandum of agreement with West Kentucky Community & Technical College to offer dual credit courses to Tilghman students.
Under the new agreement, Tilghman and WKCTC will partner to offer dual credit English 101, English 102, college algebra and college algebra workshop and trigonometry, all on Tilghman's campus. Students also have the option of taking dual credit classes in public speaking, emergency medical technology and general psychology on WKCTC's campus.
Smith said Tilghman has long had strong participation in its dual credit and advanced placement programs. Both offer students a chance to earn college credit while still in high school.
The challenge this year has been getting the word out to students and parents that every student can now take up to three dual credit classes for free. The school has offered several informational sessions for parents about the new Dual Credit Scholarship Program, Smith said, and has continued to educate parents and students on the differences between AP and dual credit courses.
Smith feels their efforts have made a difference, and that Tilghman will have more students in dual credit courses next year as a result.
He's excited at the thought, he said. Dual credit courses are an excellent, inexpensive way to help students prepare for and transition into college.
"I'm all for dual credit. I've always been a fan of it," he said. "I was a fan of it before the governor announced this new program. Now I'm even more of a fan."