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Students find success at Highland through Dual Credit classes

Clarence Mitchell Library

Highland remains dedicated to creating a successful pathway for students participating in post-secondary education and acknowledges its continuous growth with the many students and schools that benefit from the Dual Credit program.

Dual Credit is an instructional arrangement where an academically-qualified high school student can enroll in a college-level course, and upon successful completion, earn both high school and college credit. This allows the high school student the opportunity to explore various academic areas and at the same time introduces them to the rigors and expectations of college-level coursework.

Sam Schaible, Coordinator of Outreach and Dual Credit at Highland Community College, works with area students from the participating schools to help guide them to academic success.

“The opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school allows for students to finish a degree or certificate sooner while saving money,” Schaible said. “Dual credit marks the beginning of a college transcript for many area high school students.”

Students who enroll in the program can see the decrease in the cost associated with completing a degree or certificate in college. Dual Credit is offered by community colleges across the state of Illinois and is governed by the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB).

More than 20 high schools, CareerTEC, and the CTE Academy in Highland’s District participate in the Dual Credit program offered through Highland. This amounts to 155 Highland classes offered to students with a total of nearly 4,600 credit hours accumulated by the students. Some Dual Credit courses are duplicated at multiple high schools.

To see the complete list of participating schools, go to

For more information on Dual Credit, contact Sam Schaible at or call 815-599-3512.