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Help students access inexpensive dual credit courses

The Department of Education is hosting webinars to discuss implementation of reduced cost dual credit courses. This year, the Legislature approved funding that will make select dual credit coursework available to public high school students in grades 11-12 at the rate of $40 per credit beginning in the 2014-15 school year. Students will be able to take on-campus and online classes, including general education and career and technical education courses.

A list of the remaining scheduled webinars is below. The webinars will be repeats of one another and registration is not required. To help the department make the webinars most useful, please complete the short survey found here.

• April 8: 8-9 a.m. and 4-5 p.m. (CDT)
• April 10: 10-11 a.m. and 3-4 p.m. (CDT)
• Meeting Link: https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/stateofsd/join?id=52K4GT&role=attend
• Dial-in: 866-410-8397
• Code: 605-773-2533

“As the governor said in his state-of-the-state address, this is a win-win-win-win,” said Secretary of Education Dr. Melody Schopp. “High school students will have access to high quality programming and can get a jump start on their postsecondary work. Postsecondary institutions get a chance to introduce themselves to prospective students. High schools gain flexibility to offer more opportunities to their students, and the state gets more well-trained young people who are ready to enter the state’s workforce.”

Dual credit is an opportunity for high school students who meet admission standards to enroll in a public postsecondary institution in South Dakota and simultaneously earn credit towards both their high school diploma and postsecondary degree or certificate.

In order to access the reduced cost courses, students will need to register for the coursework through their local school district. The district must agree to record the dual credit coursework on the student’s transcript and use it to calculate academic standing. Students will be responsible for the cost of course credits and any required textbooks or related course materials; however, districts may pay for books or other costs in accordance with district policy.

These dual credit courses will be offered by a postsecondary institution’s faculty members, governed by that institution’s policies, and follow the institution’s established processes for admission, registration, billing and grade reporting.

Details are available at http://www.sdmylife.com/educators/advanced-education-opportunities/.

Registration for courses will open April 7.