Dual Credit Day celebrates career preparation opportunities for Wisconsin students
Published on Friday, April 26, 2013
On Tuesday, April 30, Wisconsin’s technical colleges and high schools will celebrate “Dual Credit Day” to recognize more than 20 years of innovative collaboration.
Dual credit allows students to simultaneously earn high school and college credits with a single course or sequence of courses. Over the past five years alone, participation in dual credit has doubled, with more than 21,000 high school students across the state currently taking advantage of opportunities through partnerships developed with their local technical colleges.
Last year, Western Technical College had dual credit agreements with 18 area high schools, saving students over $210,000.
“Dual credit means a lot to me because I will be ahead of my peers in background knowledge, credits and I will save money,” said Gunnar Horstman, a sophomore at Bangor High School.
On Tuesday, Wisconsin Technical College System president Morna K. Foy and Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers are visiting Lomira High School, site of the first dual credit or “career prep” program. The leaders will tour the school’s technology lab and read the Governor’s Dual Credit Day proclamation.
“These partnerships not only ensure that the students know what to expect in college,” Foy said, “but the college credits they earn can also mean cost savings and an accelerated career path.”
“We need every child to graduate from high school prepared for success in college or career,” said Evers. “Dual credit programs allow kids to earn college credit at their high schools with no cost to their families, all while gaining valuable skills that serve local communities and businesses well.”
With an estimated 65 percent of available jobs over the next 10 years requiring skills provided by technical education, the state’s economy depends on students being college and career ready upon high school graduation.
To learn more about programs or services at Western, call 608.785.9200 or visit the website at www.westerntc.edu.