Dual Enrollment and Dual Credit Options for High School Students
Earn College Credits While Still in High School
It’s never too early to start thinking about life after high school. And whether you’re heading to college or straight into a career, high school is the time to explore your interests and discover the skills that will set up a successful future. Taking rigorous courses and skill-building electives at a postsecondary level can give high school students an advantage whether or not they pursue further education.
That’s why West Virginia Virtual Academy (WVVA) offers the opportunity for eligible students to earn college credits through dual enrollment and dual credit options with Pierpont Community & Technical College.
How does a dual credit program work?
Dual credit refers to a program where high school students take courses taught by high school instructors who have been approved to teach college-level courses. Our dual credit courses are offered in partnership with Pierpont Community & Technical College, and students receive both high school and college credit for completing them. Dual credit courses are often taken as an addition to regular high school courses.
How does dual enrollment work?
Dual enrollment is a program in which high school students enroll in college-level courses taught by college instructors, and students receive both high school and college credits for completing them. Dual enrollment courses are often taken as a substitute for high school courses.
Benefits of Both
Completing college-level coursework in high school can have several benefits for high schoolers.
- Earn both college credit and high school credit for the same coursework
- Save time spent in a postsecondary degree program by completing credit hours in high school
- Experience college-level coursework and greater academic rigor
- Explore academic and career fields of interest in greater depth to discover their passion
- Complete specialized courses that can provide an early path to a career
Learn More About Dual Credit and Dual Enrollment at WVVA
Dual credit and dual enrollment opportunities with Pierpont Community & Technical College offer significant advantages for high schoolers. To learn more about your options, contact our administrative office.
*Course materials vary by course and school.