The Dual Credit Program provides an opportunity for eligible high school students to enroll in college courses and receive both high school and college credit for the course. While dual credit courses are mostly taught on the high school campuses, students can also earn credit on the ACC college campus. The Dual Credit Program offers both academic and technical courses. Dual Credit academic courses refer to classes that are transferrable to Texas public colleges and universities; whereas technical dual credit courses are considered highly specialized classes for the workforce. These courses are not guaranteed to transfer to universities, but are applied to Associate of Applied Science Degrees. Students should meet with the department chair to determine which universities accept technical courses.
Why Dual Credit?
-Save Time. Earn high school credit and college credit for the same course!
-Fulfill Requirements. Satisfy requirements for the Texas High School Distinguished Achievement Plan.
-Transferability. Academic Dual Credit courses will transfer with a grade C or higher to any Texas public university.
-Save Money. Students that take Dual Credit courses on their high school campus pay up to 75% less in tuition.
What Qualities Should a Dual Credit Student Possess?
According to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, approximately 65,000 high school students are participating in dual credit programs. The successful student should:
- be highly motivated
- be able to stick to a goal
- make above average grades
- possess good study habits
- students should understand that the amount of work necessary to succeed in college courses may be greater than that of high school courses. In addition, dual credit courses become a part of a student's permanent college transcript.
What is Dual Degree?
To help students reach their educational goals in a timely manner, local ISD's and Alvin Community College offers qualified students the opportunity to earn a high school diploma and an Associates of Arts Degree in General Studies at the same time. The Dual Degree program is a rigorous program that will require extra time and dedication. Interested students should contact their high school counselor or ACC Dual Credit Advisor for more information and to develop a degree plan.
Alvin Community College 2013 AISD & PISD Dual Degree Graduates