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Preparing for college can be a big endeavor with all the applications and scholarships students must apply for. Students can ease the burden of their freshman year in college by enrolling in dual-credit courses. The dual-credit courses allow students to take college level courses while in high school. Washburn University and Allen County Community are among the few colleges who offer this program.

“I think the program is perfect for me,” senior Stephani Lamb said. “These classes allow me to skip some general education courses in college.”

The course offerings include College Algebra and College Public Speaking, which are offered through Washburn University, and College Psychology, which is offered through Allen County Community College. Not only are the classes informative, but they also can be very exciting.

“College Psychology is probably the most fun I’ve had in a class this year,” senior Andy Seuell said. “It definitely beats some of the other classes in the high school.”

One of the biggest benefits of the dual-credit courses is the reduced tuition prices the colleges offer. Shawnee Heights also splits the cost of the tuition with students in order to make the classes more accessible to all students. Coupled with the credit hours the students earn, the savings in taking a college level class are monumental.
Some classes do require some show of skill in order to take the class. For example, the College Algebra course requires that students either score a 22 on the mathematics portion of the ACT or pass a test that Washburn University administers.

For college-bound students who want to get ahead of the game; these courses are invaluable.

“I definitely think every student should take these classes,” Lamb said. “They may make your college experience a lot less stressful.”

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