Dual Credit Program gives high school students a head start

January 23, 2008 by Louie Calderon NMSU News Center

The Dual Credit Program continues to open doors of opportunity early and often, as two Carlsbad students received degrees from New Mexico State University at Carlsbad weeks after graduating from high school.

Apoorva Reddy received an associate degree in general studies and Steven Hicks received a certificate in digital/video game animation just after receiving their high school diploma in May 2007.

The Dual Credit Program allows high school students to enroll in college-level courses at a public institution that is academic or career technical, while earning credit toward high school graduation and a postsecondary degree or certificate.

Reddy began taking college courses as a freshman at Jefferson Montessori Academy and is currently attending the University of New Mexico as a junior majoring in pre-pharmacy.

Hicks began taking college courses as a junior at Carlsbad High School and is currently attending NMSU Carlsbad as a sophomore.

The Dual Credit Program has been widely successful with a high number of student participants.

Michael Cleary, campus student services officer in Carlsbad, said the program began in New Mexico in 1990. He said 325 students were enrolled in the 2007 fall semester and about the same number of students are attending this spring.

“It’s come to its full maturity over the last few years,” Cleary said of the program.

Cleary said community colleges waive tuition costs, but students must provide for their own transportation and for the cost of books.

“This will change at the beginning of next year because the school districts will purchase the books for students in the program,” he said.

For more information contact Cleary at (575) 208-0065.

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