Early College Program Announced for High School Students

Peabody High School to begin college courses this fall.

Beginning fall 2017, DSCC will be offering an Early College High School Program at the Gibson County Center in partnership with Peabody High School. DSCC staff will meet with interested parents and students this spring. 

Students who intend to transfer to a four-year institution have the opportunity to take Tennessee Transfer Pathway general education courses such as English, math, history, biology, psychology, philosophy, economics, and speech.

Students who have a 3.0 grade point average (GPA), or the recommendation of a school official, are eligible for the Dual Enrollment Grant. Students who have a 21 on the ACT or a 3.0 GPA are eligible to borrow from their Hope Scholarship.

Using a combination of these state grants and DSCC scholarships, students may take up to eight college-level courses for the price of one because DSCC provides scholarships for tuition dollars that are not covered by the state. Students take their first three courses for free, pay for the fourth class, and then take their last four courses for free if their grades are high enough to qualify to borrow against their Hope Scholarship. DSCC provides tuition dollars for the first three courses where the full tuition is not paid by the Lottery grant. Students may use these scholarships for a maximum of two courses each semester.

Students may take additional courses after the eighth course at the dual enrollment rate. Since community colleges have lower tuition than universities, students save money by taking dual enrollment courses. In fact, several area high school students have graduated from high school and received an associate degree from DSCC the same month.

The cost of textbooks is not included in these grants and scholarships, and new books may cost well over $100, but students have options to buy used copies, rent textbooks, or buy e-textbooks to save money.

Here is a sample course schedule for students interested in completing 8 university transfer courses:

- Junior year fall: English Composition I, General Psychology

- Junior year spring:  English Composition II, Philosophy

- Senior year fall: American History I, Fundamentals of Speech

- Senior year spring: American History II, Probability and Statistics or College Algebra

DSCC also offers several short-term certificates. Earning power is increased with each of these certificates. The Basic Early Childhood Development Certificate consists of four courses students can take in high school and earn the nationally recognized Child Development Associate (CDA) credential. The Certified Production Technician (CPT) Certificate is made up of four individual certificates: Workplace Safety, Manufacturing Processes and Production, Quality Control and Statistical Process Control, and Predictive/Preventative Maintenance and Lubrication.