DCC’s Concurrent Enrollment Efforts Recognized

Dawson Community College (DCC) Director of Enrollment Management Suela Cela was invited to participate on a panel discussion regarding concurrent enrollment programs at the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP) National Conference on November 4 in San Antonio, Texas.

As a member of the panel, part of a special session titled Concurrent Enrollment 201, Cela shared the success DCC has experienced in advancing concurrent enrollment partnerships in order to offer more opportunities for the region’s students.

Concurrent enrollment is a subset of dual enrollment where high school students have the opportunity to earn college credit by taking courses taught by college-approved high school teachers. Concurrent enrollment courses are equivalent in objectives, outcomes, and rigor to an on-campus course.

DCC’s dual enrollment numbers have dramatically increased in recent years. Forty-nine students took dual enrollment courses through DCC in 2015-2016, followed by 80 in 2016-2017. In 2017-2018, that number increased to 148.

This fall, 80 students are enrolled in dual enrollment courses; 67 of them are concurrent enrollment students. Cela projects an increase for spring semester, bringing the total for 2018-2019 well above previous years.

“DCC and our regional high school partners have worked hard to provide these opportunities for students,” Cela said. “The NACEP Conference was a wonderful opportunity to share with a larger audience the great things we are doing for students in our corner of Montana.”

The NACEP is the sole accrediting body for concurrent enrollment partnerships. The organization provides guidance and support for concurrent enrollment programs and ensures they maintain high standards.

For more information on concurrent enrollment opportunities, contact Suela Cela, Director of Enrollment Management, at 377-9403 or scela@dawson.edu.


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