Webster Parish high schools are very involved in the offering of Dual Enrollment courses allowing high school students to earn college hours at no-to-low cost while still in high school, according to Webster Parish Secondary Supervisor Morris Busby.
“This year, some graduating seniors will complete high school with as many as 30 college hours already earned through Dual Enrollment classes,” Busby said.
One of the first steps to become eligible for Dual Enrollment courses is to have an acceptable ACT score.
Sophomore and junior students are encouraged to take the American College Test (ACT) in June in order to establish eligibility for Dual Enrollment courses.
“The June exam is a perfect opportunity to take the ACT exam due to the fact that the knowledge acquired during the school year is still fresh, the test is offered locally and competing school activities are not an obstacle,” he said.
In order to qualify for Dual Enrollment Courses students must score at least a composite of 18, English score of 18 and mathematics score of 18.
“The ACT PLAN® exam, which is taken during the 10th grade may also be used to meet the criteria,” Busby said.
From the ACT website:
“The PLAN® program is a comprehensive guidance resource that helps students measure their current academic development, explore career/training options and make plans for the remaining years of high school and post-graduation years.
“As a ‘pre-ACT’ test, PLAN is a powerful predictor of success on the ACT. At the same time, many schools recognize the importance of PLAN testing for all students, as it focuses attention on both career preparation and improving academic achievement,” the site concluded.
Dual Enrollment courses allow students to earn college hours while taking a high school course. Louisiana Tech University requires students to pay a one-time $20 student application fee. The Louisiana Board of Regents will cover the cost of two three-hour courses per student per year. In addition, Louisiana Tech will cover an additional two three-hour courses at no cost to the student. Any additional courses above these four in a single year are allowed at a rate of $125 per course.
“This is an exceptional opportunity and can save the student and parent a great deal of money in college,” Busby said.
Dual Enrollment courses offered in Webster Parish high schools vary from school to school.
The high school principal or counselor can explain which courses are offered at their school for Dual Enrollment.
Courses are offered in Webster Parish through Louisiana Tech University, Bossier Parish Community College and Northwest Louisiana Vocational Technical College.
For more information on the ACT exam and Dual Enrollment courses, parents should contact their local school principal or counselor.
The deadline to register for the June 11 ACT exam is May 6.
Students may elect to take the exam at Minden High School.
Students need to include Code 1595 as one of their “college” choices so the scores will be forwarded to the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance.
The cost for the ACT is $33. Students qualifying for free lunch are eligible for two free ACT administrations during their high school years.
Registration may be done online at www.ACT.org.