Diana Gonzalez Mireles
The Madera Community College Dual Enrollment Program has formed partnerships with local K-12 districts that enables qualified high school students to fulfill high school graduation requirements while simultaneously earning college credits by taking college classes at their high school. High school students can earn both high school credit and college credit for a single college class. This partnership not only provides students with an opportunity to get a head start on their college education and be exposed to more rigorous college coursework, but it also saves time and money because dual enrollment classes are tuition-free!
Note: Not all high schools offer the opportunity for students to take Dual Enrollment classes. Students must first check with their high school counselor to determine if a Dual Enrollment class is offered at their campus.
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At Madera Community College we are dedicated to helping our local feeder high schools’ students prepare for and achieve college and career readiness through dual enrollment opportunities. Research indicates that dual enrollment programs can be beneficial for students who might not have otherwise considered themselves as candidates for higher education. Continue reviewing the information below to understand some of the benefits of dual enrollment and what needs to be considered when deciding to take a dual enrollment class.
Dual enrollment provides students the unique opportunity to take college classes while still in high school. The classes are taken with their high school classmates and are taught by their high school teachers who meet Madera Community College’s instructor qualifications. Some benefits of the program are:
Dual enrollment provides an opportunity for students to take challenging classes and accelerate educational opportunities. However, there are some possible disadvantages that all students must consider when enrolling in a dual enrollment class. Possible disadvantages are:
Participating in a Dual Enrollment class is an important decision and should involve a conversation between students, parents/guardians, and a high school counselor.
Madera Community College currently has Dual Enrollment agreements in place with the following High Schools and Districts:
Chawanakee Unified School District
Golden Valley Unified School District
Madera Unified School District
Yosemite Unified School District
Students should check with their high school's counselors to see what classes are available at their high school.
Attend an informational meeting with your high school counselor to go over the Dual Enrollment Program requirements. The application timeline is as follows:
All first-time dual enrollment students must apply online at CCCApply. Any previously dual enrolled student who has skipped a Spring or Fall semester must apply online again at CCCApply. The application typically takes between 20-60 minutes to complete, and it can take between 48-72 hours for a college ID number to be generated. The students’ college ID number is required for the registration form.
Step-by-Step Guide to Applying
Dual enrollment registration forms can be obtained from the high school counselor and one is required for all dual enrollment students who wish to take a dual enrollment class. This form will require the student’s college ID number and signatures from a high school principal or counselor, the student, and a parent/guardian. If the high school student will be 18 before the start of the semester, a parent/guardian signature is not required on the form.
The completed registration form should then be returned to the high school counselor who will review it for accuracy. Once it has been reviewed, the high school counselor will then forward it to the MCC Dual Enrollment counselor who will review the student’s record and registration form for any discrepancies. Incomplete or inaccurate registration forms will be returned to the high school counselor, and they will not be processed until the errors are corrected and the from is returned to the MCC Dual Enrollment counselor. Once the registration form is determined to be complete and accurate, the MCC Dual Enrollment counselor will forward it to MCC Admissions and Records for registration into the class. The process of enrolling students can take a week if the packet is complete.