What is dual enrollment?
Dual enrollment permits eligible high school students to enroll in college courses concurrently with high school classes. Students earn college credit for courses that meet the curriculum requirements of approved high school courses. Classes may be offered on one of Gadsden State campuses, online or onsite at participating high schools. Students may take courses during the fall, spring or summer semesters.
Who is eligible?
- Students in the 10th, 11th or 12th grade
- Students with a 2.5 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale OR a 2.0 for approved technical programs only
- Those receiving high school approval
How do I enroll?
- Complete the admissions application to Gadsden State
What scholarships are available?
- Scholarships are funded by the Career Technical Dual Enrollment Grant from the Alabama Community College System.
- Scholarships are awarded in the Fall based upon availability and funding.
- Application deadline: May 1
Students must apply for dual enrollment by May 1 each academic year to be considered for a scholarship. Priority is given to technical programs. Scholarships may pay for up to two courses as well as books, materials and supplies based upon the availability of funding.
- Air Conditioning and Refrigeration*
- Auto Collision Repair*
- Automotive Manufacturing Technology*
- Automotive Service Technology*
- Child Development
- Civil Engineering Technology*
- Computer Science
- Diesel Mechanics*
- Electronic Engineering Technology*
- Electrical Technology*
- Health Information Technology
- Industrial Automation Technology*
- Mechanical Design Technology*
- MSSC — Certified Production Technician*
- Precision Machining*
- Office Administration
- Paralegal/Legal Assistant
- WKO (Workplace Skills)*
*These programs are approved for placement with a 2.0 GPA or higher.
- Most 100 and 200 level general transferable courses are available. Students must meet placement requirements for English and math.
- Students must have at least a 2.5 GPA to participate in academic courses.
Please contact the Dual Enrollment Office at firstname.lastname@example.org for a complete list of academic classes.
Dual Enrollment Coordinator
Congratulations on being accepted into dual enrollment at Gadsden State! Please review the Admitted Students Checklist before the first day of class:
- You must complete and submit a Dual Enrollment Form (link coming soon) before you will be able to register.
- Pay for classes online through OneACCS or in person at any Gadsden State Business Office.
- Print your class schedule from OneACCS.
- Attend Dual Enrollment Orientation
- Get your student ID & parking permit (first semester only).
- Most textbooks are loaded into your academic course.
- Technical students should obtain a book voucher from the Dual Enrollment Office to pick up books and supplies from the bookstore.
- Make sure you are able to log in to your student systems (OneACCS and your myGadsdenState portal) prior to the first day of class.
- Review the Important Dates for the upcoming semester.
Students must be in the 10th, 11th or 12th grade.
Must have a 2.5 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale OR a 2.0 for approved technical programs only.
An extensive list of academic and career technical courses are offered for dual enrollment students. Students should speak with a Dual Enrollment Specialist for the entire course list, including career technical courses. "Special Topics" courses are not eligible for scholarship funding. Developmental courses may not be taken by dual students.
Typically, students must complete three semester credit hours at the postsecondary level to equal one credit (Carnegie unit) at the high school level in the same or related subject. Each course must be crosswalked by the Local Education Agency (LEA) before high school equivalency credit can be determined for named academic courses. Each LEA must crosswalk the secondary course of study and the post-secondary syllabus. High school crosswalks are not required for courses counting as elective credit (career technical courses, fine art courses, etc.)
Students are responsible for the cost of tuition, fees, textbooks and materials/supplies as required in the syllabus of each course unless covered by alternative funding sources, such as scholarships. Some dual enrollment students may qualify to participate in the tuition repayment plan. Students not enrolled in the tuition repayment plan, who fail to pay tuition and fees by the end of the drop/add period are not considered enrolled and may be dropped from course rolls. View the current tuition rate here: Tuition, Fees and Refunds
Students wishing to enroll in certain high wage, high demand Career and Technical Education programs, STEM related, academic and elective courses may be eligible for a dual enrollment scholarship through Gadsden State which may cover tuition and fees. Students must apply each year by the May 1 priority deadline to be considered for a scholarship and will be notified via email if awarded.
If a high school teacher meets the credentialing requirements of the college and is employed as an adjunct instructor by the college, the course may be taught by the high school teacher at the high school. With permission from parents and school administrators, students may travel on their own to college campuses to take classes. Students may also take dual enrollment courses online, however it is suggested that students taking an online course be recommended by their high school counselor, due to the discipline required. Dual enrollment students are encouraged to take summer classes to shorten their time toward a degree.
Each student can request one official transcript at no charge. After the initial complimentary copy, a $5 fee will be assessed for each additional transcript requested.
Gadsden State has partnered with Parchment to accept online transcript requests. Learn more here.
If the student wishes to pick up a transcript from the Admissions and Records Office, he/she should be prepared to make the request online and show a photo ID at the time of pickup. Transcripts are issued only at the documented request and authorization of the student concerned.
Dual enrollment is an opportunity for students. Students and parents should understand that dual enrollment courses are college courses. Therefore, the amount of work necessary to succeed in dual enrollment courses may be much greater than high school courses.
Academic transfer courses will transfer to colleges and universities in Alabama according to the Alabama Transfers program (formerly STARS guide). Visit https://alabamatransfers.com for more information. Students who plan to attend a college or university out of state should contact that institution directly for specific transfer information. Technical courses are not designed for transfer to a 4-year college or university. However, these courses allow students to start early on their chosen technical program at Gadsden State. These courses can lead to an AAS degree or certificate that can help prepare students for careers in high-wage, high-demand career fields.
Both types of courses are beneficial for students wishing to pursue post-secondary education. Advanced Placement (AP) classes which award credit based on a test. Dual enrollment courses award credit as long as the student passes the class. Students and parents/guardians should carefully consider which option of obtaining college credit BEST meets their individuals post-secondary and/or career goals.