August 15, 2019

Olivia Price began taking dual credit courses at John A. Logan College over three years ago, and this past May she graduated with both her high school diploma and Associate of Science degree within days of each other. Price, who used the opportunity to attend College classes for almost free (dual credit students only pay fees) will remain at the College as a student in the nursing program, and advocates for all students to take advantage of the opportunity.

“If you’re on the fence about dual credit, I would say go for it; it’s totally worth it. It may be a little scary going to college when you’re still in high school, but coming here has brought me a lot of maturity, friendships, and leadership skills. There’s a lot of opportunity for exponential growth in education, and the dual credit advisors are fantastic,” said Price.

Administrators believe that dual credit not only saves students and their families’ money, but also prepares them to be successful when they become full-time college students.

According to Acting Vice President for Instruction Dr. Melanie Pecord, students that enter College with 15 or more hours are more likely to complete their degree on time.  Pecord added that the College’s Dual Credit Department is working with students to help them complete 15 college credits before they graduate high school.

“The 15NOW! Program will enhance student transition to and through college by providing access to general education dual credit courses, which substantially reduces the cost of higher education and eliminates travel time and travel costs,” said Pecord.

Pecord added that dual enrollment students take online and hybrid classes through JALC to earn college credit, while dual credit courses are taught at the high school by one of the district’s teachers and the students get both high school and college credit.”

Dual credit instructors must meet the same requirements as on-campus instructors, which means they have to have at least 18 graduate hours in their subject field,” said Pecord. “This can be difficult to find at the high schools because while many teachers have a master’s degree they are often in curriculum or administration, and not in the subject they teach.”

To help school districts and their students with dual credit needs the College is turning to new technology to bring more course offerings to the College’s district high schools. One course offering made available through this program is Spanish taught through a virtual classroom to three of the high schools that are located furthest from JALC’s main campus.

These schools were not able to offer Spanish, but with the help from a grant from CTE Leadership Grant we are able to offer this class to those students to help them earn both high school and college credit,” said Pecord. “In the future, the College looks forward to including additional courses in this format to collaboratively meet the needs of district high schools.”

For more information about dual credit at John A. Logan College contact Rachel Sveda-Webb, at
618-985-2828, Ext. 8275; or by email at rachelsvedawebb@jalc.edu