Dual Enrollment FAQs
DUAL CREDIT AND ACCELERATED HIGH SCHOOL
WHAT IF I AM PLANNING TO ATTEND A FOUR YEAR COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY?
Students who plan to attend a four year college or university may take courses at Shelton State for transfer. The STARS (Statewide Transfer Articulation System) provides information on courses that transfer from Shelton State to Alabama's public four year institutions. For information on STARS and transfer credit in Alabama, consult the STARS link on the college website, www.sheltonstate.edu. Students planning to attend a college or university outside Alabama should contact the institution for specific transfer guidelines.
WHAT IF I WANT A FAST TRACK TO A TECHNICAL CAREER?
While in high school, students can get a jump start in a college Career Technology program at Shelton State through Dual Enrollment / Dual Credit or through the Accelerated High School Program. These courses can lead to an Associate in Applied Science degree or certificate and can unlock early opportunities for employment in today’s technically demanding workplace. Good jobs require a good education. Career Technical programs are an important component of the opportunities for high school students at Shelton State.
WHAT IS DUAL ENROLLMENT / DUAL CREDIT?
Dual Enrollment means that a student is taking a class that will be used for both high school credit AND for college credit.
WHAT CAN I TAKE?
Courses are designated as appropriate for Dual Enrollment through agreements reached between the high school and Shelton State. A variety of courses in career technical and academic transfer programs are available depending on the career goal of the student. Courses numbered below 100 are not available for Dual Credit. Consult your high school counselor for details.
WHAT IS ACCELERATED HIGH SCHOOL?
Accelerated High School means that a high school student is taking a college course which will count for college credit. Unlike Dual Enrollment / Dual Credit, the student does not receive high school credit for the class.
WHAT CAN I TAKE?
A variety of courses in career technical and academic transfer programs are available depending on the career goal of the student, and unlike Dual Enrollment / Dual Credit, there are no restrictions on the courses that a student may take. Discuss your career plans with your high school counselor to determine which course(s) may be appropriate for you.
HOW CAN I WORK A CLASS INTO MY SCHEDULE?
With approval from the high school, students may take courses at Shelton State during the day or in the evening during the school year, in the summer, or even online.
ARE COLLEGE COURSES RIGHT FOR ME?
Students should understand that they are registering for college courses for college credit. The grades in these courses will become a part of the student's permanent college record. It is important that students do well in these first college courses so they begin their college career with success.
DOES MY SCHOOL PARTICIPATE?
Please contact your counselor to determine if your school or school system participates in the Shelton State Dual Enrollment and Accelerated High School programs. If you are home-schooled, your parent should contact Shelton State for additional information.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Students in these programs pay the same tuition rate assessed for all Shelton State Community College courses.
HOW DO I GET STARTED?
Talk to your high school counselor and parent(s) about the program. Ask yourself the following questions: Am I prepared for a college course? What course do I want to take? Are there any prerequisites for the course?
STILL NEED MORE INFORMATION?
Please contact the Shelton State admission office at 391.2927 if you have admission or eligibility questions. Students applying for dual enrollment or accelerated programs are encouraged to talk to their high school counselor before applying.
If you’d like more information on these programs at Shelton State Community College, please contact the Advising Center at 205.391.2232.