What is Dual Credit?: - These specific classes are offered in cooperation with Parkland College, but taught at either Central High School or Centennial High School - Students can enroll in a number of courses and earn college credit in addition to Unit 4 credit (Central High School credit) - Students DO NOT need to pay tuition and books/materials are provided - Students MUST meet Parkland's age, GPA (Grade Point Average), testing and application requirements to earn Parkland credit.
Dual Credit Taught on the High School Campus: Students can enroll in a number of courses taught on the high school campus and earn college credit in addition to Unit 4 credit. A list of those courses is provided on page 14 of this handbook. Students do not need to pay tuition and books/materials are provided. Students must meet Parkland's age, GPA, testing, and application requirements to earn Parkland credit. A student who meets Parkland's criteria and application procedures will automatically be given high school credit with an honors or non-honors designated level as previously determined by Unit 4 when completing dual credit courses taught on the high school campus.
Students may also choose to take courses away from the high school campus be enrolling in the Parkland College Early College and Career Academy (ECCA) Courses for Dual Credit: Students may enroll in the ECCA at Parkland College. These are the only courses taken on Parkland's campus that will be given dual credit in Unit 4. Students who choose to enroll in any other college/university course will not receive dual credit from Unit 4. - Students may be responsible for tuition and books or a portion thereof. This will be determined on a yearly basis by the Unit 4 Deputy Superintendent of schools. - Students are responsible for requesting an official transcript from Parkland College. - Students will receive 0.5 credit for each Unit 4 scheduled class period. - The grade assigned by Parkland College is recorded on the Unit 4 transcript.
Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment affects your future: - You save time by taking classes while at Central that can be applied toward your college degree. - You gain experience as a college student, so you learn early what to expect from post secondary classes. - All Dual Credit course grades you earn become part of your permanent college transcript. - The Dual Credit hours you acquire now may affect your financial aid eligibility later in your college career. - The college or university you plan to attend after Central may or may not accept Dual Credit course credits you have earned. Contact your chosen college for more specific information.
Additional Information: - Students may not substitute off-campus college/university courses for Unit 4 courses specifically required for graduation. These courses must be taken at the high school. - Students who have taken college/university courses should include their college transcript when applying for scholarships and other opportunities for distinction as the courses will not appear on the Unit 4 transcripts.
Follow these steps to enroll in the Parkland Dual Credit program: - Get the dual credit program application from the Parkland College website or from Mr. Tanner - Complete a Parkland College application for admission either online or paper (see Mr. Tanner for the paper application) - Submit the dual credit program application to Mr. Tanner for his official signature - Provide Parkland College with your most recent high school transcript (see Mr. Tanner for this) - Submit all the above paperwork to the dual credit office at Parkland College (Room U233). - Complete a Parkland College assessment test, if applicable.