As a means of gaining an edge in their post secondary education, high school students taking college classes has become a popular choice for those seniors who maintain good grades and know what they want to study. Now colleges have developed special programs just for these high school students.
At Parkland Academy, high school students take college level courses at Parkland College. Students from the area surrounding Champaign Illinois can enroll and earn an associate degree at Parkland College while still in high school When they graduate, they already have the associate degree and finish at a four year college for undergrad. They save money, and they save time.
Two hours a day, five days a week, students take skills based dual credit courses at Parkland. They can earn trade certificates, or college credit in specially designed classes. Currently there are classes offered in six fields: criminal justice, computer science, automotive, manufacturing, emergency medical services and certified nurse’s assistant. The goal is to make high school graduates employable, regardless of whether or not they continue their college education in the usual way or delay entry to college after graduation.