Dual en­roll­ment up at Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege

Dorchester Star - - Regional -

WYE MILLS — Devon Tyler and Natasha Pan­duwawala are two of the hun­dreds of Mid Shore high school stu­dents tak­ing col­lege cour­ses this year through Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege’s dual en­roll­ment pro­gram.

Tyler, a se­nior at North Dorch­ester High School, is tak­ing Col­lege Al­ge­bra, In­tro­duc­tion to Busi­ness and In­tro­duc­tion to Mu­sic classes on week­days at Ch­e­sa­peake’s Cam­bridge Cen­ter. By grad­u­a­tion, he hopes to trans­fer 18 cred­its to the col­lege he’ll be at­tend­ing.

“This will def­i­nitely help me when I go to col­lege,” he said. “I will know what the sched­ule is like, and I will have ex­pe­ri­ence man­ag­ing my time. I also like hav­ing time in be­tween my classes at the Cam­bridge Cen­ter. I have a 10 a.m. and a 1 p.m. class, so I stay there to study and do my home­work.”

Pan­duwawala, a ju­nior, al­ready has earned nine trans­fer­able col­lege cred­its through dual en­roll­ment classes at Eas­ton High School. She en­joys the sub­jects and aca­demic chal­lenge pre­sented by a col­lege cur­ricu­lum and plans to take ad­di­tional cour­ses this spring.

“It’s great to be able to have this col­lege ex­pe­ri­ence in high school and study top­ics like psy­chol­ogy,” she said.

Spring se­mes­ter reg­is­tra­tion for Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege dual en­roll­ment cour­ses be­gins this month. Typ­i­cally, stu­dents take the classes dur­ing their ju­nior and se­nior years, and must be at least 16 years old.

For the cur­rent fall se­mes­ter, 336 Mid Shore high school stu­dents are tak­ing dual en­roll­ment classes, and reg­is­tra­tion is up 56 per­cent, a record for the col­lege.

The high­est in­crease is in Dorch­ester County (up 182 per­cent) from stu­dents at­tend­ing three area high schools — Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester, North Dorch­ester and Open Bible Academy.

Large in­creases in dual en­roll­ment also have been seen among high school stu­dents in Caro­line (up 27 per­cent), Kent (up 57 per­cent), Queen Anne’s (up 68 per­cent) and Tal­bot (up 32 per­cent) coun­ties.

The jump is at­trib­uted to the strong re­la­tion­ships be­tween the col­lege and area schools.

“We are ex­cited by the re­sults be­cause we’ve worked very hard as an in­sti­tu­tion to re­new and strengthen part­ner­ships with our high schools,” said David Harper, Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege dean for fac­ulty and Teach­ing.

Stu­dents with a 3.0 grade point av­er­age or above and at least a C in Al­ge­bra II can take core col­lege cour­ses in English and math. Dual en­roll­ment classes in com­mu­ni­ca­tions, his­tory, psy­chol­ogy and other sub­jects re­quire a min­i­mum 2.5 GPA.

Dual en­roll­ment is a great deal, Harper said.

A three-credit dual en­roll­ment course at Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege costs $405 com­pared to $900 to $1,000 for a sim­i­lar course at a pub­lic in­sti­tu­tion in Mary­land.

Stu­dents who earn Ge­orge B. Todd and Roberta B. Holt en­roll­ment grants can lower their course fees even more. In­come-el­i­gi­ble stu­dents also can ap­ply for Mary­land PT grants, and those in the Free and Re­duced Meals pro­gram will have 100 per­cent of tu­ition cov­ered for their first four classes.

“Many stu­dents don’t re­al­ize that they can take dual en­roll­ment classes in­ex­pen­sively and are guar­an­teed to trans­fer those cred­its to all state pub­lic in­sti­tu­tions, in­clud­ing the Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land Col­lege Park and Sal­is­bury Uni­ver­sity,” Harper said. “With care­ful plan­ning, se­niors can grad­u­ate hav­ing earned a diploma and com­pleted their first se­mes­ter of col­lege.”

Re­cent grad­u­ates also have trans­ferred to pri­vate in­sti­tu­tions, in­clud­ing McDaniel Col­lege in West­min­ster, Bos­ton Col­lege and Delaware Val­ley Uni­ver­sity.

“The sav­ings are a plus,” Pandu wawala said, “and I’m sure that will mean a lot when we’re look­ing at tu­ition bills in the fu­ture.”

In­for­ma­tion and grant ap­pli­ca­tions for dual en­roll­ment are avail­able at www.ch­e­sa­peake.edu/dual-en­roll­ment.Ap­pli­ca­tion also can be made through high school guid­ance coun­selors.

In­for­ma­tional meet­ings are be­ing held at area high schools through­out the month, along with on-site test­ing and reg­is­tra­tion ses­sions.


Devon Tyler is a se­nior at North Dorch­ester High School tak­ing dual en­roll­ment classes through Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege.

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