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Dual enrollment saves time and money

It's sort of a way to kill two birds with one stone and for one Barbe senior Sowela's dual enrollment program offered a chance to get ahead more quickly.

 Brandon Bateman has not yet graduated from high school. But he expects to enter college with credit hours almost equal to a junior. He will receive a certificate of general studies from Sowela Technical Community College before he officially graduates from high school. "Graduation from Sowela is just a few days before Barbe. It's just a coincidence,"said Bateman.

Brandon accomplished this through dual enrollment programs at Sowela. Jane Bordelon is the college and career transition coordinator at Sowela. "He will be exiting at our Sowela graduation prior to attending his own graduation at Barbe High School."

She says Brandon was in the STEPS (Senior Technical Education Program at Sowela.) "Through our STEPS high school program they can exit with 24 Sowela credit hours earned at the end of that senior year," said Bordelon.

And Brandon did STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics), a summer program. "This summer we'll be doing the same academy where high school students can come in and earn six college credits-- three college algebra credits, and three hours in physics, which also counts for dual enrollment credit, so this helps those students get a head start toward their college credit," said Bordelon.  She says the programs help in the transition from high school to college and may save students time and money. That's how Brandon sees it. "Anyone who's focused enough and has the drive can do this."

He expects to go to McNeese. "I'm going to take accounting and hopefully get a degree and become a CPA."

McNeese officials say it's important for students to work with an advisor to make sure classes and credits will transfer as expected.

For more on dual enrollment programs click on Sowela and McNeese web sites.

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