Dual Credit Classes Incentivized in New Georgia Act
May 13, 2013 - Governor Nathan Deal recently signed a bill that will give high school students extra credit for attending dual-credit, college courses.
House Bill 131 became law on April 19 and allows bonus points to be added to dual-credit students’ GPAs and counts towards the “rigorous coursework” requirement the HOPE scholarship now asks of students. The bill goes into effect on July 1.
The bill applies this incentive to dual enrollment, joint enrollment and ACCEL courses. Southeastern Technical College officials applauded the bill’s signing, citing the success of programs like ACCEL.
“Going from a small high school class to a large college class of 300-plus students can be very overwhelming and scary, and the ACCEL program allows students to slowly ease into that college transition,” said Kathryn Smith, high school initiatives coordinator for Southeastern Tech.
Deal said that by 2020, 60 percent of job openings in Georgia will require postsecondary education and Georgia must increase the percentage of people holding degrees in order to create a workforce to meet that need.
“These partnerships allow high school students to earn college credits before graduating from high school, making their transition to postsecondary education smoother and their likelihood of graduating from college greater,” said Deal.
Students can take advantage of the dual-credit incentive at Southeastern Tech. ACCEL class registration is open now for BIOL 1111 and 1112, ECON 1101, ENGL 1101 and 1102, MATH 1111 and 1113, PSYC 1101 and SOCI 1101.
For more information on dual-credit opportunities, visit www.southeasterntech.edu, call 912-538-3100 or 478-289-2200, or contact your high school counselor.