There are more high school students taking courses for credit from Tompkins Cortland Community
College (TCCC) in upstate New York than
there are students at the college itself.
Some 3,200 full- and part-time
students are enrolled in more than
50 degree and certificate programs at
TCCC. But more than 5,100 high school
students from 60 K- 12 school systems—
some as far as three hours away—take
TCCC courses at their local high schools
through a dual-enrollment program
called CollegeNow, one of the oldest
such programs in the state.
The program helps provide a “
seamless transition” from high school to
college, says Victoria Zeppelin, director
As students simultaneously earn high
school and college credit, they’re getting a
jump on their college experience, which
can significantly reduce the amount of
time it takes them to earn a degree. In fact,
“we had 31 students graduate from high
school last year with an associate degree
from the college,” Zeppelin said.
CollegeNow is a striking example of
how popular dual-enrollment programs
have become. During the 2010-11 academic
year, more than 1. 2 million U.S. high
school students took courses for college
credit within a dual-enrollment program,
according to the National Center for
Education Statistics—and experts say that
number has continued to climb.
“As states look at how to move the
needle on college enrollment and completion, dual enrollment is a strategy that has
been proven to work,” says Adam Lowe,
executive director of the National Alliance
of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships.
“If students come to college with credits
under their belt, that often gives them the
momentum they need to succeed.”
More than 5,100 high school students
take college courses through Tompkins
Cortland Community College.