Dual Credit: College Starts in High School
For the past 13 years, Milford Public Schools has offered its students the opportunity to earn college credit while completing their high school coursework. Milford was an early adopter of the dual credit model, and since its adoption hundreds of MPS students have earned college credit while earning their high school diploma.
Courses offered for dual credit derive from agreements between high schools, universities and community colleges whereby a high school junior or senior enrolls in a college course and simultaneously earns college credit and high school credit. Courses offered for dual credit have the same content and rigor as courses taught in traditional college settings, and they use the same instructors and the same curriculum and policies. In addition to their college credentials, these instructors have endorsements with the Nebraska Department of Education which allows students to earn both high school and college credit.
This past year MPS had 47 students enrolled in 15 different dual credit courses. These 47 students will complete a total of 130 dual credit courses which translates to 390 hours of college credit. Some of the most frequently taken dual credit courses include English Composition, Introduction to Literature, Public Speaking, College Algebra, American Government, American History, Nursing, Business, Psychology, and Sociology. Some of these courses are provided through a partnership with Southeast Nebraska Career Academy Partnership (SENCAP) which also has a job shadow component, field trips, resume creation, mock interviews, and other career enhancing elements.
It is amazing what some students have done with these opportunities. Dozens of MPS students have graduated high school with a semester’s worth of college credit over the years. This year alone, three MPS seniors will have earned the equivalent of an entire year’s worth of college credit, while twelve other seniors will have completed the equivalent of a semester’s worth of credits to transfer to the college of their choice. Having 25% of the graduating class leave MPS with a semester or more of college credits under their belt predicts successful college and career results for the MPS students.
Congratulations to these students for challenging themselves and reaching this milestone. We look forward to helping other students write a similar story with their time at MPS.