A little extra work in high school can save a whole lot in college

2012-02-19T00:00:00Z A little extra work in high school can save a whole lot in college nwitimes.com
February 19, 2012 12:00 am

Many students don't realize that they can get a head start on college while saving a considerable amount of money by taking college courses while still in high school. Many colleges and universities, including Ivy Tech, have programs that can help high school students prepare for college and earn credits through the Dual Credit program. Dual credit programs allow high school students to earn college credits while in high school.

Michelle Nickla encouraged her daughter Jacquelyn to enroll in dual credit when she was a junior at Crown Point High School. Upon graduation, she had earned three credits from Ivy Tech Community College and eight credits from another university. Her three credits from Ivy Tech enabled her to complete a technical certificate in design technology. When she arrived at Ball State all her credits transferred and she was accepted into the architecture program. Nickla said the Ball State instructors encouraged all the students to get the extra credits at the local Ivy Tech and transfer them into the architecture program. Jacquelyn was happy she already had taken the courses at Ivy Tech in Valpo.

"I think Ivy Tech helped her transition into going away and doing well. She is on the Dean's list at Ball State. She was accepted into the architecture program early...after just one semester there. I hope it continues!" said Nickla.

There is no cost to high school students who enroll in dual credit at the high school. Some of the courses may be taught at the school while others may be on an Ivy Tech campus. Instructors can either be the high school teacher or an instructor provided by the college. High school juniors and seniors may earn up to 15 credit hours (one semester) in coursework through the program. Under some circumstances students may be permitted to earn more than 15 credit hours.

Just like other colleges and universities in Indiana, Ivy Tech is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Ivy Tech is the fastest-growing and largest post-secondary institution in Indiana. We serve students from a wide variety of backgrounds. Once you finish your college coursework, you may wish to continue your education at Ivy Tech or transfer them to another public or private college or university in Indiana.

So, as you move toward college, begin to think about the best ways you can prepare yourself, earn college credit ahead of time, and save money. Contact your high school counselor for more information.Go to our website at www.ivytech.edu or call 1-888-IVY-LINE. Or contact Joe Arredondo at 219-981-1111 ext. 2312.


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