Dual Enrollment/Dual Credit for High School Students

The Dual Enrollment/Dual Credit program allows high school students the opportunity to receive both high school and college credit. The program is restricted to qualified students in Alabama high schools and home schools which have signed a working agreement with Calhoun Community College.

Student Eligibility:

Criteria for student eligibility are developed by each individual school system and may be more restrictive than the minimum criteria that follows:

  1. The student must have a 2.5 GPA or higher in completed high school courses;
  2. The student must have written approval (application and approval form available online at www.calhoun.edu) of his/her counselor and principal. In addition to the approval form the student must provide a high school transcript - official or unofficial
  3. The student must be in grade 10, 11, or 12.
  4. All students in academic dual enrollment courses must provide appropriate ACT, SAT or placement test scores.

Continuous Eligibility

Students who meet the criteria for initial admission for a Dual Enrollment for Dual Credit program will maintain continuous eligibility so long as they earn a grade of C or better in all attempted college courses.

Students who fail to meet this minimum grade requirement or who withdraw from a course will be suspended from the program for a minimum of one term. The one-term suspension may not be served during the summer. The student may not re-enroll until the suspension has been served. For re-entry, the student must reapply to the program and must meet the minimum grade point average requirements.

Available Courses:

Determination of the equivalencies of Calhoun Community College coursework is at the discretion of the high school system. In some cases, one 3-semester hour course equates to a full unit at the high school. However, a cross-walk of eligible courses has been developed to ensure that courses taken at the College warrant the awarding of secondary credit for post-secondary/ college coursework. Students should contact their high school counselor for information about specific course equivalencies.

Eligible courses include any college-level courses in English, Foreign Languages, Mathematics, Science, or Social Science; any career/technical courses; or any other courses agreed upon by the school system and the college. Students must meet the course prerequisites prior to enrollment. This program does not include physical education courses, nor any courses taken on an audit basis.

Prerequisites may be met by completion of the approved college placement exam and/or minimum levels on the ACT or SAT in English, Mathematics, and Reading.

Students in the Dual Enrollment/Dual Credit program may take their coursework at any Calhoun campus or through Distance Learning. Students should consult the College's current course schedule or contact the Calhoun Dual Enrollment office for information on the dates, times and locations of courses. Email gwendlyn.baker@calhoun.edu or heath.daws@calhoun.edu for more information. Calhoun also offers courses at selected high school campuses. Information is available through local high school counselors or from the Dual Enrollment office: 256-306-2665 or 256-306-2671.

Traditional financial aid is not available for students enrolled under the Dual Enrollment/Dual Credit program. Federal government regulations require students to have a high school diploma or GED to qualify for any form of financial aid. However, Alabama families who are recipients of the fully-funded PACT Program may apply these funds towards Dual Enrollment/ Dual Credit courses.

Dual Enrollment Technology Scholarships

Funds are available through a Workforce Development grant to provide scholarships to Dual Enrollment students in specific business and technical programs. These Dual Enrollment scholarship funds are available to eligible high school students participating in approved technology programs offered by Calhoun Community College.

Programs designated as eligible for scholarship funding at Calhoun Community College include Advanced Manufacturing (Aerospace Technology, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration, Automotive Technology, Design Drafting, Electrical Technology, Industrial Maintenance, Machine Tool Technology, Process Technology, and Welding); Computer Information Systems; Emergency Medical Services, Nursing Assistant and Physical Therapy Assistant.

Student Eligibility for Dual Enrollment Scholarships:

The student must be in the 10th, 11th or 12th grade, have a 2.5 GPA or higher, and have approval from the high school principal and counselor or the home school director. All students receiving scholarships must meet established placement criteria each semester as determined by appropriate ACT, SAT or placement test scores. Approval from secondary school officials indicates that the student has demonstrated both academic readiness and social maturity.

The scholarship funds are contingent upon allocations by the Alabama Legislature. Calhoun has received technology scholarship grants since the program was initiated by the state in 2008; however, future grant awards are not guaranteed and will depend on availability of funding through the Alabama Workforce Development program.

Each student who receives a Dual Enrollment Technology Scholarship must have declared a technical program of study and only those courses required for that program of study will be eligible for scholarship funds.

Dual Enrollment technology scholarship funds may be used to cover not only the required technical courses but required English, math and science courses as well. Academic courses must be taken concurrently with the technical courses. Most of Calhoun's manufacturing technology programs are taught on the Decatur campus. In addition, several high schools offer after-school classes in Drafting, Machine Tool Technology and Welding. Computer Information Systems is taught on both the Huntsville and Decatur locations and through distance learning. Dual Enrollment Emergency Medical Services (EMS) year-long regional programs are available at Calhoun and qualify for workforce development scholarship funding.  High school students pursuing this EMS certification can only participate in these regional dual enrollment programs.  High school students may not be registered for Calhoun's traditional EMS programs.

The scope of each scholarship is determined by available funding and the scholarship grant guidelines. Costs covered will be determined on an individual basis.

The Dual Enrollment Technology Scholarship program is not designed for academic transfer but to allow students to begin earning credits towards a two-year technical degree and prepare them to enter the workforce. To facilitate this, Calhoun has developed a group of short term certificates in Advanced Manufacturing and Computer Information Systems. Students in these programs can earn a college credential while continuing to work towards their A.A.S. degree.

Scholarship Application:

In order to apply for a scholarship, the student must be accepted by Calhoun Community College. The Dual Enrollment Scholarship Application is available to download with other required forms at: http://calhoun.edu/dualenrollment

Short Term Certificates

The following short term technology certificates are embedded in Calhoun technology programs and are eligible for Dual Enrollment Scholarships. These certificates are available to all Calhoun students and provide a pathway that allows high school students to work towards their chosen A.A.S. degree, and at the same time, graduate from high school with a credential that could potentially lead to employment.

ADM 111 (Manufacturing Safety Practices) is required for all short-term certificates. Advanced Manufacturing and Dual Enrollment technology scholarship students must take this course either alone, or concurrently with other courses, during their first or second semester in the program.

Technology Certificates

AIR CONDITIONING AND REFRIGERATION
Course Prefix & Number Course Title Credit Hours
ADM 104 Thermal Electrical Principles 3
ADM 111 Manufacturing Safety Practices 3
ACR 113 Refrigeration Piping Practices 3
ACR 119 Fundamentals of Gas Heating 3
ACR 120 Fundamentals of Electric Heating 3
Total Credit Hours   15

 

AUTOMOTIVE ELECTRICIAN TECHNICIAN
Course Prefix & Number Course Title Credit Hours
ASE 112 Electrical Fundamentals 3
ASE 162 Electrical and Electronic Systems 3
ASE 212 Advanced Electrical and Electronic Systems 3
Total Credit Hours   9

 

BRAKES AND SUSPENSION TECHNICIAN
Course Prefix & Number Course Title Credit Hours
ASE 112 Electrical Fundamentals 3  
ASE 121 Braking Systems 3
ASE 122 Steering and Suspension 3
ASE 130 Drive Train and Axles 3
Total Credit Hours   12

 

ENGINES TECHNICIAN
Course Prefix & Number Course Title Credit Hours
ASE 112 Electrical Fundamentals 3
ASE 124 Automotive Engines 3
ASE 212 Advanced Automotive Engines 3
Total Credit Hours   9

 

TUNE-UP OR DRIVABILITY TECHNICIAN
Course Prefix & Number Course Title Credit Hours
ASE 112 Electrical Fundamentals 3
ASE 162 Electrical and Electronic Systems 3
ASE 212 Advanced Electrical and Electronic Systems 3
ASE 239 Engine Performance 3
ASE 244 Engine Performance and Diagnostics 3
ASE 246 Automotive Emissions 3
Total Credit Hours   9

 

DESIGN DRAFTING TECHNOLOGY
Course Prefix & Number Course Title Credit Hours
ADM 111 Manufacturing Safety Practices 3
DDT 111 Fundamentals of Drafting 3
DDT 124 Basic Technical Drafting 3
ADM 107 CAD Concepts 3
Electives: Pick one of the following:
DDT 132 Architectural Drafting 3
ADM 108 Intro to 3D Modeling 3
Total Credit Hours   15

 

ELECTRICAL TECHNOLOGY
Course Prefix & Number Course Title Credit Hours
ADM 111 Manufacturing Safety Practices 3
ELT 108 DC Fundamentals 3
ELT 109 AC Fundamentals 3
ELT 110 Wiring Methods 3
ELT 114 Residential Wiring 3
Total Credit Hours   15

 

INDUSTRIAL MAINTENANCE
Course Prefix & Number Course Title Credit Hours
ADM 111 Manufacturing Safety Practices 3
ELT 108 DC Fundamentals 3
ELT 109 AC Fundamentals 3
ELT 117 AC DC Motors 3
INT 117 Principles of Industrial Mechanics 3
Total Credit Hours   15

 

MACHINE TOOL TECHNOLOGY
Course Prefix & Number Course Title Credit Hours
ADM 111 Manufacturing Safety Practices 3
MTT 121 Basic Blueprint Reading for Machinist 3
MTT 138 Milling Lab I 3
MTT 147 Introduction to Machine Shop I 3
MTT 148 Introduction to Machine Shop I Lab 3
Total Credit Hours   15

 

PROCESS TECHNOLOGY
Course Prefix & Number Course Title Credit Hours
ADM 111 Manufacturing Safety Practices 3
ADM 106 Quality Control 3
PCT 100 Fundamentals of Process Technology 3
PCT 115 Instrumentation I 3
PCT 105 Process Tech I - Equipment 3
PCT 220 Process Tech II - Systems 4
Total Credit Hours   19

 

WELDING TECHNOLOGY
Course Prefix & Number Course Title Credit Hours
ADM 111 Manufacturing Safety Practices 3
WDT 108 SMAW/Fillet OFC  
WDT 122 SMAW/Fillet OFC Lab 3
WDT 110 Industrial Blueprint Reading 3
WDT 119 GMAW/Flux Cored Arc Welding 3
WDT 124 GMAW/Flux Cored Arc Welding Lab 3
Total Credit Hours   18

Computer Information Systems Cybersecurity Pathway

Calhoun's Computer Information Systems Cybersecurity Dual Enrollment Pathway allows a high school student to complete a certificate in cybersecurity as well as English and math courses required for the Cybersecurity A.A.S. degree. Students in this program will graduate from high school with a technical foundation as well as a marketable credential. High school students may enter the program in either 11th or 12th grade, but entry in 11th grade is necessary to complete the Cybersecurity Essentials Certificate by the end of the program. All coursework listed below is eligible for Workforce Development Scholarship funding for students enrolling in the Pathway program. For more information regarding this program contact 256-306-2665 or 256-306-2671.

SUGGESTED CURRICULUM:

11TH GRADE
Class College Credits Terms
MTH 110 Finite Mathematics* OR
MTH 112 Precalculus Algebra*
3 Fall or
Spring
CIS 211 Principles of Information Assurance† 3 Fall
CIS 282 Computer Forensics† 3 Spring
Total College Credits During 11th 9  
12TH GRADE
Class College Credits Terms
ENG 101 English Composition I** 3 Fall
CIS 214 Security Analysis (PEN Testing)† 3 Spring
CIS 246 Ethical Hacking† 3 Spring
Total College Credits During 12th Grade 9  

* Either MTH 110 or MTH 112 will satisfy the requirements for the Cybersecurity A.A.S. degree, but MTH 110 generally does not transfer toward a bachelor's degree. Transferability of credit is determined by the transfer institution. Alternatively, a student with a sufficient placement score may take MTH125 (Calculus I), a four-credit hour course. In any event, the Scholarship will cover only one mathematics course. MTH112 is offered on some high school campuses as well as at the college; consult your high school advisor.

** In addition to ENG 101, a student must take either one semester of high school literature or ENG 102 (in a subsequent semester) to earn a full high school English credit. ENG 102 is not eligible for scholarship funding. ENG 101 and ENG 102 are offered on some high school campuses as well as at the college; consult your high school advisor.

Additional academic coursework required for high school may be taken at the college but is not eligible for scholarship funding.

† These four courses comprise the short-term Cybersecurity Essentials Certificate.

COLLEGE TRANSFER

The Pathway is designed to prepare a student for entry into the workforce, but many of the courses can be transferred to a university for students pursuing a bachelor's degree. MTH 110 generally does not transfer, but MTH 112 and MTH 125 do transfer within the STARS agreement, as does ENG 101. The four CIS courses transfer to Athens State University toward either the IT minor in Computer Science or the Management of Technology degree in Business Administration.

Accelerated High School Program

Calhoun Community College offers qualified high school students the opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school.This program differs from Dual Enrollment in that participating students receive college credit only; no high school credit is awarded for course taken under the Accelerated High School program.

  1. The student must have successfully completed the 10th grade;
  2. The student must provide certification each semester from the local principal and/or his/her designee that the student has a minimum cumulative 3.0 average and recommends the student for enrollment (the accelerated high school approval form can be found here.)
  3. In addition to the approval form, the student must provide an official high school transcript;
  4. The student must provide qualifying ACT, SAT or placement scores;
  5. The student may enroll only in postsecondary courses for which the high school prerequisites have been completed

 

Exceptions may be granted by the Chancellor for a student documented as gifted and talented in accordance with Alabama Administrative Code §290-8-9-12. Exceptions apply only to requirements 1.1 and 1.3 above.