High School Students/Dual Enrollment

Programs for High School Students

Dual Enrollment
Dual enrollment allows high school students to take either academic degree level core courses that will transfer to any TCSG or USG college or university, occupational courses, and diploma level core courses. Some students may choose to enroll fully into a degree, diploma or technical certificate of credit program, or they may choose to just take a few courses. All college coursework taken through Dual Enrollment will be fully covered through state of Georgia funding, and students will not be required to pay out of pocket for tuition, college fees, or textbooks. The only fees students may be responsible for are course-specific fees determined by the college. No hours taken through Dual Enrollment will count towards a student’s HOPE Grant or Scholarship Caps. Dual Enrollment opportunities enhance student engagement, improve graduation rates and increase student learning. Participating in the new Dual Enrollment program is a great incentive for high school students to get a jump start on their college coursework at little or no cost to the student.

Benefits of taking SGTC courses while in high school through the Dual Enrollment Program:

Eligibility
Any 9th – 12th grade students enrolled in an eligible Georgia high school or home study program, who has achieved required scores on the college placement exam, is eligible to take part in the program. If you haven’t taken the placement exam yet, please contact the High School Initiative Specialist to schedule a time to test. There are NO residency or citizenship requirements.

Coursework
All of the classes that were available under the old dual-enrollment, Accel, and old Move On When Ready programs will still be available under the NEW Dual Enrollment program, plus many additional courses. You will see no change in how South GA Tech offers the classes. Courses may be taught face-to-face on the college campus, the high school campus, online or hybrid. Students will be allowed to take up to 15 credit hours per semester at each college they attend. Students can enroll in South Georgia Technical College courses during Fall, Spring or Summer Semesters.

Application Process
High school students wishing to enroll in Dual Enrollment must first meet with their high school guidance counselor. New Dual Enrollment students will be asked to complete a South Georgia Technical College Dual Enrollment Application packet which will include all of the required forms needed to participate in the program.

Additionally, students will be asked to go onto the GAFutures website to apply for their financial aid. Once a student has done this, his/her high school counselor will then add the approved classes in Stars, and the South Georgia Technical College Dual Enrollment office/Financial Aid office will approve/invoice the courses. New Dual Enrollment students must complete the online Dual Enrollment funding application each semester they are enrolled at the college and failure to do so will result in them being billed for their South Georgia Technical College classes. Students also must maintain a 2.0 grade point average and pass 67% of coursework attempted in order to receive Dual Enrollment funds.

Tuition, Fees, and Books
Tuition and most fees are covered by Dual Enrollment for every eligible student in the program. Books will also be provided to new Dual Enrollment students at no charge to the students. Because students are now eligible to participate in almost all South Georgia Technical College programs, they may be responsible for course-specific fees in some program areas; however, most South Georgia Technical College programs do not require such fees. Students should speak to the High School Initiative Specialist to find out specifics about course-related fees. High School students cannot enroll in the following specialized programs at South Georgia Technical College under Dual Enrollment…. John Deere, Caterpillar, Law Enforcement Academy, Licensed Practical Nursing or Commercial Truck Driving. Please contact your area High School Coordinator for additional information.

Joint Enrollment
High School students can take college courses under the Joint enrollment program and gain College Credit Only.  Students can either self-pay for these courses, or use HOPE Grant funds.  Hours taken under Joint Enrollment using the HOPE Grant DO count against a student’s HOPE Hours Cap. Joint enrollment students are responsible for the cost of textbooks. Students participating in Joint enrollment must apply for HOPE Grant at GAFutures and be a resident of the state of Georgia for the past 12 months. Contact your area High School Coordinator for additional information.

Private School Students
High school students enrolled in a private school can enroll in college classes at SGTC by meeting the minimum test requirements. Contact your private school to ensure that they are a participating high school for the Dual Enrollment program. If not, private school students would not be eligible for Dual Enrollment funds, but could enroll as Joint enrollment students. Contact your high school counselor or the High School Coordinator in your area for additional information.

Home School Students
Home School students are eligible for the Dual Enrollment program as long as they meet the college’s minimum testing requirements for their program and complete the Dual Enrollment application.  Home School students are required to submit a Declaration of Intent to Home School to the High School Coordinator.  Please contact the High School Coordinator in your area for additional information.

SB2 Alternate Diploma Path
Senate Bill 2 offers an alternate path to high school graduation for students who have completed certain requirements at their high school. In order to participate in SB2 ADP, students must have completed the 10th grade and successfully completed the following courses and all required tests associated with them:

After completion of these courses, students must then complete ONE of the following:

Students interested in pursuing this alternate diploma path option should contact their High School Guidance Counselor or the South Georgia Technical College High School Coordinator.

DUAL ENROLLMENT RESOURCES

For additional information, contact:

VICKIE AUSTIN
HIGH SCHOOL COORDINATOR
(229) 931-2866
VAUSTIN@SOUTHGATECH.EDU

BRITTNY WRIGHT
HIGH SCHOOL INITIATIVE SPECIALIST
(229) 931-5161
BWRIGHT@SOUTHGATECH.EDU

BETH BROOKS
HIGH SCHOOL INITIATIVE SPECIALIST
(229) 931-2865
BBROOKS@SOUTHGATECH.EDU