For the City Times
April 30 is ‘Duel Credit Day’ at Mid-State Technical College.
The day recognizes MSTC’s role over more than two decades in helping thousands of high school students accelerate their educational attainment.
Dual credit classes are college-level courses taught in high schools by high school teachers. Students in dual credit classes receive both high school and college credits for successful completion. There are a number of ways to receive dual credit, including transcripted credit classes and advanced standing classes. Both are available to high school students at no cost, meaning high school students can earn college credit for free.
Each high school partner collaborates individually with MSTC to determine classes that are eligible for dual credit, so dual credit classes do vary from high school to high school.
Fourteen high schools in MSTC’s district currently offer transcripted credit or advanced standing classes: Adams-Friendship High School, Almond-Bancroft High School, Amherst High School, Assumption High School, Auburndale High School, Granton High School, John Edwards High School, Lincoln High School, Marshfield High School, Nekoosa High School, Pacelli High School, Pittsville High School, Stevens Point Area Senior High School, and Tri-County High School.
During the 2013-14 school year, 814 high school students in MSTC’s district participated in transcripted credit classes, earning nearly 3,000 credits and saving more than $400,000 in college tuition.
Dual credit has exploded in popularity in recent years. Just five years ago, only 33 high school students in MSTC’s district participated in transcripted credit classes. Each year since has seen an increase in participants and credits earned. In all of those years, the one constant is that participating high school students get an inexpensive head start on their college education.
Dual credit saves time and money. Every dual credit earned is one less credit to pay for in college. Students can then focus their time in college on those courses and skills they need most to graduate quickly. Dual credit students also gain an early appreciation in high school for the demands and rigor of college courses, all while putting themselves on the fast-track to a good-paying career.
Tens of thousands of Wisconsin high school students each year are already taking advantage of this head start on the path to a college degree. They learn a high-quality skillset and acquire hands-on experience in less time for less money. Dual credit students are also more likely to enroll in college and complete a technical college degree or certificate.
Technical colleges across the state are specialists in transitioning high school students into higher education, and dual credit is a great way to reduce the cost of a college education. If you are interested in learning more about earning dual credit, including transcripted credit and advanced standing classes, please visit with your local high school counselor or CTE teacher, go to www.mstc.edu/admissions/highschool, or call MSTC’s High School Career Coach, Xiong Vang, at 715-422-5521.
About Mid-State Technical College
MSTC, one of 16 colleges in the Wisconsin Technical College System, offers a variety of associate degrees, technical diplomas, and certificates, with campuses in Marshfield, Stevens Point and Wisconsin Rapids, and a learning center in Adams. The college serves a resident population of approximately 165,000 in the MSTC District comprising all or portions of Adams, Clark, Jackson, Juneau, Marathon, Portage, Waushara, and Wood counties. More than 9 in 10 MSTC graduates are employed within six months of graduation. Visit the College’s website at mstc.edu.