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Education Mondays: How Dual Credit, Dual Enrollment programs give high schoolers a jump start on college

In today’s “Education Mondays” segment, Alonzo Ross, executive director of K-14 Initiatives at IVY Tech Community College, joined us Monday on “Life.Style.Live!” to discuss an opportunity for high school students to get a jump start on their college career through dual credit and dual enrollment.

Ivy Tech partners with public, charter and private schools to provide dual enrollment and dual credit in conjunction with their curriculum to enrich the academic experience for their high school students.  

Dual Credit 

Dual credit courses are Ivy Tech classes taught by credentialed teachers in high schools that count as college credits. Offerings vary by high school and expectations are higher as they are college-level. 

Students that take advantage of dual credit opportunities get a head start on their college career and save on tuition. Additionally, this opportunity allows students to meet the Indiana Core 40 diploma requirements with technical or academic honors.  

Dual Enrollment 

Dual enrollment provides students an opportunity to earn college credits while still in high school. Participants benefit from an early college experience, getting the same benefits as Ivy Tech students. Wraparound support is provided with a holistic advising approach, with courses taught by Ivy Tech instructors.

Tuition is Ivy Tech’s standard tuition rate, which is the lowest in the state. In addition, students can choose to take courses within Indiana College Core (30 transferable general education courses) or career and technical education courses (i.e., courses that lead to high-value certificates and high-wage careers).

Interested students can apply here or email their questions to

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