Southern Union offers dual credit program to students still in high school

Published 6:13 pm Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Southern Union State Community College will host three informational sessions on its dual enrollment session in the coming weeks.

Sessions will be held on the college’s various campuses in the region and begin at 6:30 p.m. CT., on April 9, on the Wadley campus in the Lakeview Room. On April 15,  at 6:30 p.m. ET, there will be a session on the Valley campus in room 101 in the Carmichael building.  The final session will be April 16, at 6:30 p.m. CT on the Opelika in the Southern Room. 

According to a news release from the college, the dual enrollment program allows students to take college courses while still enrolled in high school. When participating in the program, high school students earn credit for a college class on both their high school and college transcripts. Dual enrollment programs differ from Advanced Placement programs in that students take college courses rather than high school courses with college-level content. 

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To enroll in a dual enrollment course, students must be in tenth, eleventh or twelfth grade and have a minimum cumulative high school grade point average of 2.5.

The program offers financial assistance for students who dual enroll in technical education and health sciences course, according to the news release. Additionally, the Alabama Legislature has approved funds for the Alabama Future Workforce Initiative (AFWI) which are allocated to assist secondary career, and technical education students earn postsecondary credits while still in high school.

“Dual Enrollment provides opportunities for students who want to get started in their careers earlier by working towards a degree or certificate in certain fields or for those students who want to get a jump on academic transfer courses while saving money,” Eddie Pigg, dual enrollment liaison for Southern Union said. “It is a wonderful opportunity for area students.”

A scholarship valued at $500 will be given away at each meeting.  Parent’s attendance at the meeting qualifies their student to enter the drawing. For more information, contact Pigg at (334) 745-6437 or at