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Sauk’s Dual Credit Program Offers Students Best of Both Worlds

August 2009
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Area high school juniors and seniors have the chance to get the best of both worlds with Sauk Valley Community College’s Dual Credit Program.

A unique opportunity for students to begin their college education while still in high school, and one of the most cost-effective options for parents, more than 700 area high school students took advantage of Sauk’s Dual Credit Program last semester.

“This is definite ‘win-win’ situation for students and parents,” explained Cathy Dorathy, Sauk’s coordinator of high school relations. “For a student to be able to jump start his or her college education while still in high school, and, have parents benefit from such a big value toward  their child’s college tuition at the same time is incredible.”

By taking specific college-level classes offered through Sauk, high school students can simultaneously earn high school credits to graduate and college credits at Sauk. What’s more, students can take dual credit classes either on campus at Sauk, on campus at their high school, via two-way distance learning through Sauk or online via their home or school computer.

Any high school student may apply if he or she has completed his or her sophomore year, is at least 16 years old, and obtains consent from his or her high school. To register each student must complete an SVCC Student Information Form, and, with the help of a high school counselor and parent(s) or guardian, a High School Dual Enrollment Application. The student must also obtain copies of high school transcripts, and ACT scores. Then, student takes all completed forms, transcripts, and scores and registers with Sauk’s Office of High School Relations.

Dorathy also encourages students to talk with their parents and high school counselors about which classes they should take.

“Now is the perfect time for juniors, seniors, and their parents to discuss dual credit opportunities with their children that are in high school,” said Dorathy, who added that SVCC grants are available to students and their families to help with tuition. These grants are used for college-level courses only.

For more information, interested students and/or parents can contact Cathy Dorathy in Sauk’s Office of High School Relations at 815/288-5511, ext. 266, or e-mail: Students and/or parents may also contact their high school counselor.