Dual Credit Classes at Carl Sandburg College Provide Opportunities for High School Students Toward Higher Education


Carl Sandburg College Dean of Transfer Michael Patilla oversees 65 faculty members teaching dual credit courses at local high schools, which allows access to students that may face challenges when it comes to obtaining an Associate’s Degree:

“Dual credit is where students who are enrolled in high school can take Carl Sandburg classes and receive high school credit and college credit at the same time. Sometimes you can graduate high school and graduate with your Associates Degree at the same time or very soon after. For us, it is very important to provide access. We are currently revising our strategic plan and a big part of that is access. We know there are a lot of people who could really benefit from a college education, but might have barriers, family responsibilities or a job, so we are really working hard to make sure that we are providing educational opportunities and access to those that might have challenges. A big part of that is dual credit while these students are in high school, they can get quite a bit of a foot forward toward their higher education.”

Dual credit courses at Carl Sandburg College include general education studies, as well as, career, technical, and health certificates and degrees.

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