Dual Start provides a head start
An overlooked opportunity in the St. Landry Parish school system can save some students several thousand dollars and help others make more money faster.
The early enrollment program -- Dual Start as it is formerly referred to -- allows high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to get a jump on their college or vocational training.
By taking fullest advantage of the program, a high school senior graduating in May can enroll in college in August as an academically qualified sophomore, not a freshman.
At current rates for high education, that translates into a savings of a considerable sum in the price of a college education, regardless of which institution is chosen.
High school students who have decided they will pursue an occupation not requiring college can similarly get a head start, taking occupational and skills training courses leading to recognized industry-based certification.
The program also allows students who need to take enrichment courses (once called remedial) in math or English for college credit, but not degree credit, to get them done before their college career starts.
Reviewing the program at last week’s School Board meeting, Yvonne Normand called it a win-win program for students and for the colleges or careers they choose.
There are currently about 400 students enrolled in one aspect of Dual Start or the other, including about 130 from Eunice High.
If you are a high school student, or the parents of one, we urge you to learn more about this board-provided opportunity to get a jump start on the future.