Free dual credit courses put students on a fast track through college
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What if you could earn a bachelor’s degree in three years instead of five? Dual credit, through Coastal Bend College, makes that possible for hundreds of area high school students each year to get a head start on college.

Bee County students enjoy the extra advantage of being able to take tuition free, college freshman and sophomore level courses or earn workforce certificates while still in high school.

Students attend courses in person or via the Internet with college students. In academic courses like English, college algebra and biology, students earn course credits that are fully transferable to all Texas public colleges and universities. While students pay for their own books and supplies, tuition for non-Bee County residents is drastically reduced to make dual credit a viable option for students who want to get a head start on their college careers.

There are many benefits to taking dual credit courses. Some include the following:

•Students simultaneously earn credit for both a high school diploma and a college degree or certificate.

•Students can earn a bachelor’s degree faster than their counterparts.

•Students earning workforce degrees and certificates are ready for employment after high school graduation.

•Students can be academically challenged with college-level coursework.

CBC offers college-level courses for dual credit courses which are either identified as academic (for students planning to transfer credits to a university) and workforce (for students planning to start working after earning a certificate or degree in a vocational field). Students who have successfully completed the tenth grade and have proven college readiness based on various test scores or meet Texas-approved exceptions (see your high school counselor for more details) can take dual credit classes. Students can enroll in workforce courses if they meet the minimum high school passing standard on the math and/or the language arts section of the 10th- or 11th-grade TAKS tests. Some courses or programs may have additional requirements.

Students are limited to two dual credit courses per semester that may be offered in person, at CBC, at the high school, through the Internet, through interactive media or through a combination of several methods (hybrid). Semester grades appear on both the high school and college transcript immediately upon completion.

For more information about dual credit, go to the website at
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