Dual Enrollment Makes Sense for High School Students
Ogeechee Technical College

Georgia’s Dual Enrollment Program allows qualified high school students to maximize their education and career training by taking courses that earn college and high school credit at the same time. Under Dual Enrollment, students may take academic core courses that can transfer to Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) colleges or University of System of Georgia (USG) colleges and universities. Students may also take occupational and career courses that can help jump start a career.

Bulloch Academy graduate, Alivia Collins, took English and algebra classes at Ogeechee Tech to transfer to Georgia Southern University, where she will pursue a degree in Exercise Science. Statesboro High graduate, Cole Meeks, actually completed the Geographic Information Systems program at OTC, and is now working with Hussey, Gay, Bell doing survey work. With the welding certificate he earned, Cole will pursue an out of state training program to become a specialty welder.    

Students who are in the 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grades, attend a participating Georgia high school or an approved home study program, may qualify to take college level courses under the Dual Enrollment Program. At Ogeechee Technical College, many students take classes in specific programs of study, often completing a program by the time they graduate from high school, while others earn credit for classes which may be used at any TCSG or USG institution. Either way, students graduate from high school with a leg up on their future, whether they will continue their education or enter the workforce. For Amaya Brown, enrolling in the OTC Nurse Aid program while a student at Statesboro High, was a logical first step toward eventually becoming a nurse practitioner. “I enrolled at OTC because I wanted to get a head start on my college classes,” said Brown. Southeast Bulloch graduate, Rosemary Zul-Moreno, did core classes at OTC to get a head start on pursuing Practical Nursing at the College, with an ultimate goal of becoming a registered nurse. “I knew that taking advantage of dual enrollment during high school would put me ahead to reach my goals,” Zul-Moreno stated.

Any program offered at OTC can be taken by students who are dual enrolled, and while some may have to be completed following high school graduation, others can be finished by the time the student graduates from high school. In fact, some high school students have participated in OTC commencement before walking at their high school graduation.

One big advantage of completing dual enrollment courses is the cost savings, according to OTC’s high school coordinator, Catherine Groover. “With dual enrollment classes not costing a student any money, they can earn credit for free that will save them big money once they reach a college or university,” said Groover. “Parents of students especially like the cost savings.” 


Contact Information

Barry Turner
Vice President for College Advancement
Phone: 912.681.5500 | Email: bturner@ogeecheetech.edu

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