Montana’s dual enrollment classes growing fast

Montana was slow to offer teenagers the chance to take “dual enrollment” classes that give credit toward both high school graduation and state college degrees, but now it’s catching up fast.
Since 2012, dual enrollment has grown from 1,000 high school students statewide to nearly 6,000 this school year, according to last week’s report to the Montana Board of Regents.
“Dual enrollment has just skyrocketed,” said John Cech, deputy commissioner of higher education. “It is something to really be proud of.”

Yet while the share of Montana high school students taking dual enrollment classes has grown to between 15 and 25 percent, that still lags behind states like Idaho (28 percent), Washington (47 percent) and Iowa (55 percent).

High school students like dual enrollment classes because they can get a head start on college and earn college credits at reduced cost. At Bozeman High School this year, students paid just under $50 per credit, or $150 for a typical three-credit college class, said Principal Kevin Conwell.

Click here to read Gail Schontzler’s complete article published on the Bozeman Daily Chronicle website. 

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