Newport Central Catholic Dual Credit Program Growing in Students and Benefits
By Carrigan Matteoli ‘19
Are you interested in getting a head start on college work? If so, Newport Central Catholic offers dual credit classes through Northern Kentucky University, Thomas More University, and Gateway Community and Technical College. These schools offer to our students an abundance of classes such as sociology, public speaking, psychology, and introduction to business. It may seem obvious, but it’s worth mentioning: In dual-credit programs, students earn credit that goes toward their high school requirements while also earning college credit for their future enrollment. The courses help students graduate high school and will count as college courses for college transcripts that are transferable to other schools.
At Newport Central Catholic, there are currently 53 students enrolled in the dual credit program. Individually, they are taking a total of 93 classes. While the majority of classes are completed online and implemented by a university professor, a handful of students take classes physically on a college campus giving them the full college experience. These students go to NKU on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday to take their Biology 150 class and return to NCC upon the completion of class.
In addition to earning college credits, dual credit offers several benefits to students including a smoother transition from high school to college, first-hand experience of college level work while still in high school, a chance to complete their bachelors degree faster, working at a personalized pace, and learning self-discipline. Students can also explore and expand their academic interests while taking these classes independently. So whether they are interested in science, history, or psychology, to name a few, they can study these subjects (and more) in depth.
The cost for a dual credit course is $168 (plus textbook and fees). Taking one course as an undergraduate at NKU would cost $1,206 for a 3 credit hour class, not including books and fees. Any student and parent can see, dual credit benefits students in more ways than just educational realm - it can benefit their future financial situation. This is an excellent opportunity and all students should look into it!
By graduation, several NCC seniors will move onto college with as many as 33 college credits by way of our Dual Credit and Advanced Placement Programs.
To learn more about our dual credit program visit our website www.ncchs.com/online-dual-credit/ or contact Newport Central Catholic at (859) 292-0001.