40 counselors from Ascension, Assumption, St. James
and St. John Parishes joined the River Parishes Community College faculty and
staff to learn about the opportunities the college offers students while in and
after high school.
One such opportunity is the dual enrollment program. Dual enrollment is a program that allows students
to potentially earn a year of college credit while still enrolled in high
school. The programs vary by parish.
The counselors took a tour of the RPCC-TEC campus, learned
about the programs and discussed the ways that RPCC can better help the high
school counselors address student needs. The tour came two weeks after 31 high school
faculty members from Ascension and Assumption Parishes joined RPCC faculty
members to align their curricula for the dual enrollment courses. The purpose of the curricula alignment was to
ensure that the educational requirements of both the participating high schools
and of RPCC were met by the same course.
The number of students taking advantage of the dual
enrollment program has increased dramatically thanks to the collaborative
efforts of both the school boards and the college. RPCC had over 1,600 dual enrolled students in
the fall 2012 semester, which represents an increase of approximately 1,100
dual enrolled students from the previous year.
RPCC expects this number to
continue to grow as its Early College programs develop. The Early College program allows students to
begin earning college credit as early as freshman year of high school. Students who participate in this program can
potentially earn a two-year transfer Associate degree at the same time they
receive their high school diplomas.