Dual Enrollment’s Impact for Students
The Dual Enrollment program allows high school students to take college classes either at their high school or at a college and earn college credits while still attending high school. The courses are often provided at a significantly reduced rate. However, some families still struggle to afford them. Through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program, over 1,000 students took Dual Enrollment courses in 2021. Thanks to our generous EITC donors for providing over $250,000 in funding.
Dr. Eduardo Antonetti, Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction at Mid Valley School District has this to say about the program:
The Mid Valley School District partners in Dual Enrollment with the Lackawanna College, Marywood University, Penn State University Scranton Campus, University of Scranton, and Mansfield University. During the 2020—2021 school year, our students completed a variety of courses for college credit including College Writing, Introduction to Human Services, Accounting with Quickbooks, Effective Public Speaking, Introduction to Statistics, and Introduction to Psychology.
One of our 2022 graduates took courses over the past two years at Lackawanna College. Through their Level Up program, the student earned an associate degree in accounting while still a Mid Valley high school student. The student learned about hard work and prioritizing time management, and he is planning to continue his studies at Lackawanna College so he can earn a bachelor’s degree in accounting.
Dual Enrollment allows students the opportunity to try college before making the commitment to full time college enrollment. Students taking classes on campus get a feel for college life and expectations. They can then make informed decisions about enrolling in college and their course of study.