When I was a high school senior, I took English Comp I and II at my local community college.
I was able to earn six hours of college credit before graduating high school.
At the time, I would have told you the main perk was that the scheduling allowed me to get out of school earlier each day than my non-college going peers.
But there was one surprise. I was a good English student in high school, so the relative rigor of the college class caught me off-guard. I couldn’t fudge my way through my assignments, I actually had to put some effort into the work.
That was probably the biggest benefit to my experience. I got to experience what it really takes to succeed in college — or at least in Comp I and II. I went back to that community college after graduating high school and earned my associate’s degree.
I don’t remember what the tuition was when I was concurrently enrolled two decades ago, or whether it was a struggle for my family.
Today’s high school seniors have a much better deal. They can take six hours of college credit for free, thanks to legislation passed several years ago. State Regents reimburse colleges for most of the cost of these classes.
Are you or a relative taking advantage of concurrent enrollment? I want to hear your story. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org