Northeast State plans expanded dual enrollment

Rick Wagner • Feb 8, 2014 at 8:02 PM

BLOUNTVILLE — With Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam pushing dual enrollment in his Feb. 2 State of the State address, Northeast State Community College is ready to oblige.

In fact, the school already has plans in the works to expand dual enrollment for Sullivan County and Elizabethton students this fall.

During the speech, Haslam promoted his “Tennessee Promise” program that would guarantee every state high school graduate two years of free community college or technical school. He said high school dual enrollment is an important way to help students succeed in college and prepare for the work force. He proposes that the program begin in the fall of 2015.

“This is truly a historic time for community colleges in Tennessee,” Northeast President Janice Gilliam said in a news release. “Never has it been easier for students to get a higher education degree or certificate that leads directly to a job in that field or transfer to a four-year university.”

Dual enrollment allows high school students to earn college credit taught by college faculty while still in high school. In fact, many students in the program complete large portions of their freshman course load while in high school.

Haslam and Northeast officials said there is a 94 percent probability that those students will go on to college, higher than the estimated 60 percent probability for students in regular courses.

Haslam is proposing that Tennessee offer one dual enrollment course to high school students at no cost with discounted courses available after that.

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