JDCC to start new dual enrollment program
Special to The
Jefferson Davis Community College Interim President Camille P. Cochrane and staff will hosts a series of informational meetings at local high schools to promote a scholarship program for incoming students in grades 10-12.
Students will be dually-enrolled in college level career-technical courses of study, allowing them the opportunity to concurrently earn both high school and college credit. The informational meetings will include both T.R. Miller and W.S. Neal high schools.
TRM students and parents will have the chance to learn about this great opportunity on Aug. 5 at 6 p.m. in the ATN building of Jefferson Davis Community College. WSN students and parents will be given the same opportunity on Aug. 7 at 6 p.m. Their session will be held in the WSN library.
A new dual enrollment scholarship program that will expand and accelerate the education and training of high school students for high-demand, high-wage jobs was approved by the Alabama Legislature during the 2014 Session.
Beginning with the tax year for 2015, individuals and business may contribute to the scholarship program and receive a 50 percent tax credit up to $500,000 per year. Additionally, the tax credit cannot exceed 50 percent of the contributor’s total Alabama income tax liability.
During the past year, despite limited funding, the Alabama Community College System awarded career-tech dual enrollment scholarships to 2,100 high school students. JDCC awarded 10 career-tech dual enrollment scholarships for the past school year. Potentially, 100 could be awarded through Jefferson Davis Community College during the incoming academic year.
Some students will pursue degrees or certificates in Automotive Body Repair, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, Office Administration, Drafting and Design Technology, Industrial Engineering Technology, Welding Technology, and Certified Nursing Assistant. Upon graduation from high school, these students will be afforded several options: with the technical skills gained, some may elect to enter the workforce immediately, while others may decide to continue their education and training at either a community college or four-year institution.
These informational meetings will be held to provide specific information about career-tech dual enrollment programs offered, enrollment requirements, class dates and times as well as availability.
For more information regarding the meetings to be held at the high schools, please contact Julie Stubbs at 251-809-1550.