Ronald and Rubenie Stimphil of Conyers, attended Georgia Perimeter College in the Dual Enrollment program last year before graduating from Paragon Cooperative Learning Academy in the spring. They were in the honors program and also took courses offered at the Rockdale Career Academy. Now they attend Emory University. (Special Photo)
COVINGTON — The Dual Enrollment program at Georgia Perimeter College continues to grow and attract a variety of students.
This semester, more than 1,000 students are taking more than 5,000 semester hours in the program college-wide, beating the college’s goal of 1,000 students.
“We continue to lead the state in dual enrollment,” said Jeff Meadors, the college’s Dual Enrollment coordinator. “The exciting thing about this is that GPC is leading the way also in graduation rates for students making the early leap to college.”
He said that studies show that Dual Enrollment students have nearly a 100 percent graduation rate.
This year, Meadors noted that students come from traditional public high schools, cyber charter schools like Provost Academy, cyber public schools like Georgia Cyber Academy, an increasing number of home schools and private schools.
He said the college is up by more than 100 students compared to one year ago and the spring term.
“It translates into more access to college and greater completion rates for our students,” he said.
Meadors reports that 29 students in the Dual Enrollment program at the college’s Newton Campus hail from the Newton County School System, including 10 from Alcovy High School, 18 from Eastside High and one from Newton High. Of those, 16 are in the Move On When Ready program, which requires students to be enrolled at the college full time, taking at least 12 credit hours, at the Newton Campus.
From Rockdale County Public Schools, 35 students are in the program at the Newton Campus this year, including 14 from Heritage High School, 11 from Rockdale County High School, two from the Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology and eight from Salem High School. Of those, six are in the MOWR program.
Dozens of other students come to the Newton Campus from area home schools, private schools and other programs.
Meadors noted that many students take honors classes, online classes, higher math and sciences while still completing career and technical programs, work-based learning and advanced placement courses at their home high schools.
GPC also has campuses in Alpharetta, Clarkston, Decatur and Dunwoody, as well as online. The college also has several other centers and sites around metro Atlanta.
Students qualified to be in the program must complete an application to GPC and submit an official high school transcript, a current certificate of immunization and a parental consent form.
More information is available by visiting www.gpc.edu/dualenrollment or calling 770-278-1270 at the Newton Campus.