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Earning a High School Diploma AND a College Degree

Gradgirl_resized2With each new school year, the line between K-12 and postsecondary education gets further blurred. As students grow more savvy in understanding their individual interests and passions and how best to pursue them as career goals, our educational institutions have had to adapt to meet student demand.

Such an evolution in learning was recently highlighted in EdSource, which reported on efforts in California to increase dual enrollment opportunities. In the Golden State, the number of students taking college courses while still in high school continues to rise, and the recent passage of the state’s College and Career Pathways Act is only increasing and strengthening the number of partnerships between K-12 school districts and institutions of higher education.

As EdSource reported:

Several studies have shown that high school students enrolled in college courses are more likely to earn high school degrees, enroll in college, enroll in a four-year college, enroll full time and remain in college. Supporters also say an increase in dual enrollment, also known as concurrent enrollment, will reduce the number of incoming college freshmen in remedial math and English classes because the program exposes them to 
the 
rigor
 of 
college at an earlier age.

With states across the country focused on efforts to improve college-going and college graduation rates, there is no question that dual-enrollment programs can be part of a long-term solution. Not only do they allow students to take college-level math and English early, but they also open new doors to those college courses that closely align with student interests and passions.

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