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Date: June 15, 2021
Several Doña Ana County area high school students walked the stage during Doña Ana Community College’s (DACC) spring commencement with a high school diploma in one hand, and a college associate degree in another. All part of the DACC dual-credit program available to high school students.
The dual-credit program offers high school students the opportunity to take college classes and provides them a head start on their college education. The program benefits students in various ways:
• earn both high school & college credits,
• experiencing a smoother transition from high school to college,
• exploring courses not offered at their high school,
• earning credits toward a DACC degree or certificate, and
• benefitting from free tuition and books.
Richard Soular is a 2021 graduate of both Arrowhead Park Early College High School and DACC. Soular received not only his high school diploma, but two associate degrees, one in Criminal Justice and the other in Arts. Soular says the program assisted him in getting a head start in furthering his education.
“Finishing up my last year with DACC and Arrowhead Park Early College High School, they both provided me with all of the resources needed to attend college with NMSU,” says Soular. “DACC assisted me by providing college orientation dates, an advisor for my classes with NMSU, and just really providing every resource needed for my next steps within my college/career.”
Dual-credit program students also have access to all services and resources provided to any DACC student, such as tutoring, labs, and technology. High school students attend classes with other college students and are taught by college instructors which provides them with an actual college experience, making the transition from high school easier. It’s something Soular says he encourages any high school student to consider, “The first piece of advice I would provide to incoming high schoolers considering dual-credit with DACC, is 100% go for it.”
For more information on DACC’s dual-credit program, go to https://dacc.nmsu.edu/dualcredit/.