High School students can take college-level courses through RCC with the Dual Enrollment program
Rappahannock Community College has dual enrollment agreements with local public school systems to offer college-level courses that can be taken at the high school. Dual enrollment programs are voluntary and enable students to take community college courses while enrolled in high school and provides college level educational opportunities not otherwise available. Dual enrollment courses allow qualified high school juniors and seniors to enroll in college courses during the school day where they receive both college and high school credit prior to high school graduation. Freshmen and sophomores can enroll with special approval from RCC’s administration. Students who have taken dual enrollment classes previously do not need to re-apply for admission.
RCC alumna, Trinity Bea, praises Rappahannock Community College’s dual enrollment program and Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School with her acceptance into her top college choice: The United States Military Academy at West Point, New York.
While Bea was a student at Northumberland High School, she took classes through RCC and the Governor’s School allowing her to earn an AA&S degree at the same time she graduated from high school.
“My mom worked a few jobs at a time in order to fund degrees for both my sister and myself in back-to-back years. Without her always pushing me to strive for the best, I would definitely not be where I am today. I am proud to say that I am a Rappahannock Community College alumna!”
Trinity is a Cadet with Bravo Company, Fourth Regiment.
Students should follow the Steps for Dual Enrollment.
What are the benefits? According to the Community College Research Center:
DE students have a higher likelihood of:
- Graduating from high school
- Enrolling in college after high school graduation
- Pursuing a baccalaureate degree
- Persisting to completion
Transferability: Dual enrollment courses are offered as a pathway into college or careers. Some classes are designed to transfer to a four-year school, fulfilling freshman or lower division course requirements. Other dual enrollment courses are not intended to transfer, but are requirements of a career/occupational certificate or applied science degrees offered at the community college. Four-year colleges ultimately make the determination of what will transfer into their school and how it will transfer into the student’s degree program of choice.
If you’re a Dual Enrollment student and you are interested in completing a certificate or degree while in high school, contact the Dual Enrollment Advisor. You can follow the course requirements as outlined in the Degrees and Certificates of the College Catalog.
Dual Enrollment team