RESHAPING THE EXPERIENCE
REAP THE BENEFITS OF DUAL CREDITS
Too often, there is a false choice between being "college" ready and being "career" ready. With over two-thirds of jobs requiring education and training beyond high school, the reality is that college is now a part of any student's career pathway. At the same time, with about 86 percent of Career Technical Education (CTE) graduates enrolling in postsecondary after gratuation, CTE is increasingly part of a student's college pathway as well. The overlap between "college" and "career" readiness is particularly clear when condisering the increase in dual enrollment courses among CTE students.
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The latest data shows that about 1.5 million high school students participate in dual enrollment courses.Some students participate in more than one dual enrollment course, bringing the total dual enrollment count to a little over two million.
In 2017 analysis of rigorous dual enrollment studies found that dual enrollment programs have positive effects on postsecondary degree attainment, college access and enrollment, credit accumulation, high school completion and academic achievement.
Dual enrollment is a key component of a high-quality program of study, helping ease the transition from secondary to postsecondary education. When students graduat high school having already earned college credits in their field of focus, it gives them a leg up in pursuing postsecondary opportunities.