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Dual Credit and Dual Degree Programs at PISD
Dual credit is a process through which a student may earn high school credit for successfully completing a college course that provides advanced academic instruction beyond, or in greater depth than, the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for a corresponding high school course.
Panhandle ISD offers many dual credit courses including courses in computer, math, science, English, AG, and social studies. Research shows that dual enrollment programs offer all kinds of benefits to student who participate. Dual credit courses in particular help students interested in a career focused or technical path, rather than a bachelor’s degree. Also 67% of students who participate in dual enrollment continue higher education after high school. Dual Credit courses offer greater exposure to the college curriculum and the rigor of college courses. Financially, dual enrollment programs offer a chance for high school students to earn college credits at a discounted rate. Nearly 46% of students graduating from college in 2016 have some community college hours. The reality is that the average dual credit tuition is one-third the cost of a four-year college.
In 2013, Panhandle High School instituted a new program where student could begin taking dual credit courses when they were freshman enabling them to graduate with an associate’s degree from Clarendon College at the same time they receive their high school diploma. This year PHS will have two student graduating from Clarendon College and Panhandle High School.
Panhandle ISD is in a unique situation in that a Carson County resident donated a farm to Clarendon College and the proceeds of the farm go toward the tuition cost for students in dual enrollment courses at PHS. For a nominal fee of $150 a year students from Panhandle ISD can take as many courses as they are eligible to take. The President from Clarendon College Dr. Riza has been very instrumental in bring this program to the students in Carson County.
Panhandle ISD had 67 students enrolled for dual credit classes at Clarendon College first semester. The passing standard for Panhandle students was 96.3%. The number of students enrolled for spring semester is 63.