T he number of high school students taking college level courses are on the rise.
N orth Central Michigan College says dual enrollment numbers experienced a huge increase this fall and it's due to a new program set up with area school districts.
" I just want to get some of my core classes out of the way so I can start specializing in things I want to do and start studying it early," Kiana Wood, Petoskey High School Senior said.
F or students , dual enrollment prog r ams provide a way to get ahead of the curve .
" We want them to be able to have access to higher level education in this as a way to allow them to have that access ," Mandy Stewart, Petoskey High School Principal said.
NCMC is expanding their learning experience to classrooms at nine local high schools.
T he new program is designed to make college credit easily accessible for all qualified students.
" Some students , because of the travel distance couldn't get to the campus and extra curricular activities might get in the way," Wendy Fought, NCMC Student Outreach Director said.
S ome college professors now take their curriculum to the high school buildings a few days a week teaching a variety of courses.
S o students don't have to make the commute to the main campus.
" This is an option for them to experience and do well in college with some support so that when they actually do go to college after high school they're more likely to graduate and succeed ," Stewart said.
T his year alone , the numbers have nearly doubled for dual enrollment programs at NCMC.
T hey have experienced a 200 student increase from last year.
" If a student can start college education in high school and handle the academic rigor but have the high school or State of Michigan paying for it it is a great advantage to families," Fought said.