What is dual credit?
IECC dual credit courses are college-level courses taught in high schools or at Illinois Eastern Community Colleges (Frontier, Lincoln Trail, Olney Central, and Wabash Valley). Dual credit courses are provided to eligible high school juniors and seniors and taught by qualified instructors following the college’s master course syllabi and curricula. When students successfully complete a dual credit course, they can simultaneously receive both high school and college credit. These classes are an excellent way for eligible high school students to get an early start on their college education.
A new version of the dual credit partnership between IECC and its district high schools were signed in 2021. These agreements are based on the Dual Credit Model Partnership created by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB). In the agreement, the state highlights priority courses, career pathways, and non-priority courses. We define these areas as the following:
- Priority: Courses that will meet the general education core curriculum components. (Ex. Communications, Math, Science, Fine Arts, Humanities, Social and Behavior Sciences.) These courses help students gain credit towards their Associates degree or general education requirements at four-year schools. Students and parents wanting to know what classes meet these requirements should consult with an LTC Advisor, or with their high school counselor. These can also be found through the following links: Associates in Science and Arts, Associates in Science, and Associates in Arts.
- Career Pathways: Career-focused courses within a sequence at LTC. These can be courses in a certificate or degree program at LTC (ex. process technology or office management) or transfer electives that are major-specific (ex. business majors should take accounting courses).
- Non-Priority: non-priority courses are additional dual credit classes that fall outside the scope of priority or career pathways.