Dual enrollment starts Monday

Published 7:57 pm Friday, August 5, 2011

The first crop of Demopolis High School students to participate in dual enrollment classes with the University of West Alabama will enroll at the Demopolis Higher Education Center Monday.

The registration serves as a landmark day for the new initiative, which was approved by the Demopolis City Schools Board of Education in May.

“Registration for (dual enrollment) is next Monday, Aug. 8,” Griffin said. “It will only be a positive for the participants.”

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The program will give qualifying Demopolis High juniors and seniors an opportunity to take collegiate level classes while enrolled at DHS. The cost for the program will be approximately $3,500 per school year.

“For a little over $3,500 per year, a student can leave Demopolis High School with 27 hours of college credit,” Griffin said. “If it works out that they can take the four (advanced placement) courses as well, it is possible that a child can leave Demopolis High School as almost a college junior.”

Griffin said he understands the cost of the program, but points out that it is far less expensive than the tuition costs students will incur when they enroll in college. He also pointed out the weight success in the program could have on scholarship opportunities.

“If a student goes through the program and completes all 27 hours, I need the parents to consider how good that would look on a college application,” Griffin said.

Registration for the program will be at the Demopolis Higher Education Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday.

“I know a lot of parents are considering this before Monday the 8th,” Griffin said. “We held an orientation back in April and May and a number of the parents expressed interest in it. If your child is going to be a junior or senior and you have interest in it, I encourage you to head over (to Monday’s registration at the Demopolis Higher Education Center) even if you didn’t come to the orientation.”