High School Dual Credit

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Our Dual Enrollment Program offers dual-credit courses for current high school students during their junior and senior years. 

This program gives students access to affordable higher education while providing challenging academic and occupational experiences. In addition, this program can help 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 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.

Courses

The college courses offered through our Dual Enrollment Program are carefully selected by LDCC and high school officials. High school students’ experiences are the same as those of students enrolled in the courses on campus, including the objectives, tests, instructional materials, content and grading standards.

Traditional dual enrollment course offerings may include:

  • English Composition I & II
  • College Algebra
  • Art, Theater and Music Appreciation
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Western Civilization I & II
  • History of the United States I & II
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Business
  • Introduction to Computers
  • Foundations of Early Childhood Development
  • Process Technology

Student Eligibility Requirements

Enrollment Procedures

  • Student applications are due before the first day of class
  • There is a minimum enrollment requirement for dual-credit courses taught at the high school to be determined by Delta officials
  • Last day to drop/add is after the class has met twice
  • Students attending classes taught at the high schools will be registered by LDCC’s Academic Outreach Coordinator the first week of class 
  • Students attending classes on LDCC’s campus or another official offsite location will be registered during the normal designated registration periods
  • No students will be registered after these designated times
  • Students must complete drop slips to withdraw after the class has met twice

Transfer Credits

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.

Drops/Withdrawals

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.

Course Expectations

Louisiana 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

Louisiana 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, LDCC's administrators are accessible to high school staff by phone and email.

How to Implement the Dual Enrollment Program at your High School

  • Identify a coordinator/liaison at your school
  • Identify course offerings to be offered to your students
  • Identify qualified teachers
  • Submit applications for upcoming semester
  • Register students

Benefits of Dual Enrollment

  • Enriches course opportunities for high school students
  • Shortens the time to attain a college degree, which saves students and parents money
  • Provides students with college general education credit that is transferable to a four-year college or university
  • Enables students to explore occupational interests
  • Allows students the opportunity to meet college entrance requirements by completing developmental coursework prior to high school graduation
  • Promotes rigorous educational pursuits
  • Encourages lifelong learning
  • Enables grades earned through dual enrollment to become part of the student’s permanent college transcript
  • Provides student access to LDCC’s Learning Resource Center, tutoring services, computer labs and the ULM library