Get a head start on college!

You could start earning college credits while still in high school!

There are plenty of reasons to consider Dual Credit or Dual Enrollment through Parkland College. Here are a few:

  • Get a head start on college and your career; students can save time by taking classes while you're in high school that count toward a future college degree or certification.
  • Save money; Parkland College offers affordable classes which can reduce college costs after high school. In some cases, the cost of courses may be reduced or tuition-free!
  • Gain experience as a college student; when you enroll in a Parkland College course, you are a Parkland College student! This means that you have access to all of the resources available through the college and learn in a college environment that will help you know what to expect in post-secondary courses.

What is Dual Credit?  What is Dual Enrollment?

Dual Credit allows eligible high school students to take Parkland College courses, simultaneously earning credit toward a specialized certification, associate degree, or bachelor degree, and at the same time, earn credit toward high school graduation requirements. Dual Credit students can take courses on the Parkland College campus, online, and even at their home high school.

Dual Enrollment is nearly the same as dual credit, however, dual enrollment does not reciprocate credit at the high school level. Dual Enrollment students can take courses on the Parkland College campus or online.

Note: The college or university you plan to attend after high school may or may not accept the Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment course credits you have earned. To make sure they are accepted, check with your high school counselor or contact your chosen college for specific information. See FAQ for more information about transferable courses.