The Dual Credit Program allows high school students an opportunity to get an advance start on college while attending high school. By enrolling in Pierpont Dual Credit courses, high school students can receive high school credit plus college credit and take advantage of a valuable first-rate academic experience during their regular high school day.
By participating in the program, students have the opportunity to make significant progress toward a college degree before finishing high school. In addition, students may wish to take additional college courses through the Evening College for High School Students Program. (For more information, see Evening College
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
Outstanding high school students who have met the following criteria are eligible:
- Designated high school junior or senior
- Earned a 2.0 cumulative grade point average*
- Obtain written recommendation from high school principal
- Meet the prerequisites for the courses as outlined in the college catalog
- Complete a Dual Credit Program registration form
*The Aviation Program requires students to have a 2.75 GPA.
Dual Credit offers great savings in tuition dollars! These courses are offered at a greatly reduced rate with guidelines set by the West Virginia High Education Policy Commission. For the 2015-16 academic year, the cost for the Early Admission Program courses are $84 per credit hour. A 3 credit-hour course costs $252 and a 4 credit-hour course costs $336.00.
Typically, Dual Credit Program instructors are high school teachers who have the appropriate credentials required by Pierpont Community & Technical College.
Dual Credit Program courses will use the college textbooks adopted by Pierpont Community & Technical College faculty.
HOW DO I ENROLL?
A representative from Pierpont Community & Technical College will visit most high schools and register students for the Dual Credit Program. See your guidance counselor for more information regarding Dual Credit.
WILL EARLY ADMISSION COURSES TRANSFER TO OTHER COLLEGES?
Great news! Dual Credit courses will transfer to other West Virginia colleges/universities. If you plan to attend a private or out-of-state college or university, you will need to contact them regarding transfer credits.
Those interested in taking Dual Credit classes should speak with their school's representative to find out more, or contact Julie Gomez at Julie.Gomez@pierpont.edu or by calling 304-333-3717.