It’s back to school for many students next month, and Texarkana College officials hope to see more high schoolers enrolling in dual credit courses. For some, the classes will be free.
Dual credit courses enroll high school students in college courses, and they earn credit for both. Piper Spaulding graduated high school with thirty three hours of college credit. Thanks to dual credit courses, she said, “I was able to start my first year of college as a sophomore.”
Starting this fall, up to twelve hours of dual credit courses will be offered for free to some Bowie County students. Texarkana College Vice President of Instruction Donna McDaniel said. “Right now this current fee in Bowie County is a hundred dollars a class. But for economically disadvantaged, we’ve reduced that to fifty dollars, and the ISD’s have agreed to cover that fifty dollars, so it’s basically free for our economically disadvantaged students.”
Texarkana College officials say the goal is to remove barriers and encourage students to further their education. President James Henry Russell said, “While they’re in high school, they get in their mind they can be successful at the next level.”
Texarkana College officials say that over the last ten years, they’ve doubled their dual credit enrollment. They add that there’s still time for students to sign up for classes next month.