The World of Concurrent/Dual Credit
Parents--congratulations! Your child has expressed a desire to take dual credit courses. Your role as a parent will transition from a “leadership” to a “support” role. To assist your teenager in this transition, you must communicate the importance of him/her taking responsibility for education and behavior in this adult environment.
Expectations for College
Expectations for college students and high school students varies greatly. It is not just about what happens in the classroom, and requires a great deal of independent study to be successful. The rule of thumb for every hour spent in class students should spend the same amount of time studying. Some students will need to spend more time. All students should schedule more study time when they have an exam or when a project is due.
Some of the topics covered in college courses may be controversial. College is a time for students to critically analyze information gathered through public school courses and confront questions without easy answers. College instructors will teach the same course regardless if it is a dual credit course or has dual credit students in the course.
High school extra-curricular activities may conflict with dual credit courses. Students are responsible for all materials related to the course whether or not they are in class the day the information of assignment is made. Students will need to talk to their instructors to make arrangements for receiving handouts, classroom information, obtaining lecture notes, or turning in work. Parents and students should seriously discuss priorities before and during enrollment in a dual credit course.
Concurrent courses—taught at the high school by a high school teacher during the school day—are more “high school friendly” in that students are receiving more seat time than dual credit students—courses taught by LCC instructors either in the school or on campus—as they follow the LCC schedule.