Dual-credit courses expand student access to affordable higher education, provide challenging academic and occupational experiences to qualified high school students during their junior and senior years, and reduce the costs of a college education for students and their families.
Successful completion of transfer courses will enable students to simultaneously earn college credit transferable to two and four-year colleges and universities and to satisfy high school graduation requirements. Successful completion of occupational courses will allow students to simultaneously earn college credits, satisfy high school graduation requirements, and assist in the transition to the community college or job opportunities or careers. Successful completion of developmental courses will allow students the opportunity to meet college entrance requirements by completing developmental coursework prior to high school graduation.
Dual-credit courses are important transitional links for young people moving from secondary schools to colleges and universities.
Benefits of Dual Enrollment
The college courses offered through the High School Bridge Program are carefully selected by Delta and high school officials. High school students’ experiences are the same as those of students enrolled in the courses on campus: the objectives, tests, instructional materials, content and grading standards.
Traditional dual enrollment course offerings may include:
Student Eligibility Requirements
The college credits earned through dual enrollment are the same as college credits earned by a regular college student and as such, are readily transferable throughout the state. Students may be issued an LDCC transcript that indicates the college credits earned and the college course numbers.
The Louisiana Board of Regents articulation matrix facilitates the transfer of credits to colleges and universities within Louisiana. Depending on the out-of-state institution college credits earned through dual enrollment may transfer to meet specific degree requirements or as elective credits. Students who plan to attend college outside of Louisiana should check with the university they plan to attend to find out how the school transfers college credits earned from other colleges and universities.
A student who wishes to withdraw from the course should contact the instructor for assistance. Louisiana Delta Community College will provide the proper withdrawal paperwork to instructors of dual enrolled courses and the established withdrawal procedure documented on the course syllabus should be followed. Failure to follow established withdrawal procedure could damage the student’s permanent college record.
Tuition and Payment
High School Bridge Students will be charged reduced tuition for college courses. Students will be billed based on the number of credit hours for which they are registered. Students will be responsible for purchasing textbooks. Board of Regents scholarship recipients pay no tuition.
We want your student to succeed, and we want to involve parents and guardians in the education process. Please review the course expectations and how college standards are maintained in the Dual Enrollment Program.
Delta Community College courses offered at your son or daughter’s high school are college courses; therefore, they make greater demands on students’ abilities to conceptualize, understand implications, and draw conclusions from their reading and research than most high school courses. These courses go into greater depth, often take more time and work, and enable students to reach new levels of accomplishment. Students accept these challenges when they register for a college course. Similarly, parents should understand that their sons and daughters will experience appropriately stringent college grading standards.
Maintaining College Standards
Delta Community College faculty members work closely with their colleagues at the high school to maintain the College’s academic standards throughout the program. At least once a semester, the Academic Outreach Program Director will visit each class to review course work of each student, talk to the teacher and students about the program, and discuss community response and overall administration of the program with the high school principal. In addition to site visits, Delta administrators are accessible to high school staff by phone and email.
Benefits of Dual Enrollment
How to Implement the Dual Enrollment Program at your High School