Gwinnett students to benefit from bill signed by Gov. Deal at GGC
Considering the emerging popularity of dual enrollment among Gwinnett County students, it is fitting that Georgia Governor Nathan Deal chose Georgia Gwinnett College as the location for the signing of House Bill 131 today.
Dual enrollment programs enable junior and senior high school students to take college courses, allowing them to get a head start on their college education.
The bill, authored by Representative Valerie Clark (R-Lawrenceville), establishes that dual credit courses will be treated in the same manner as advanced placement and international baccalaureate courses for purposes of determining eligibility for the HOPE scholarship. This new benefit will encourage even more high school students to take advantage of dual enrollment opportunities at colleges like GGC.
About 230 high school students are taking dual enrollment courses at Georgia Gwinnett, according to Donald Singer, GGC’s dual enrollment coordinator. Now, these students can use their dual enrollment grades in the calculations for the amount of HOPE Scholarship support they may receive for college. This incentive will encourage more high school students to take advantage of dual enrollment opportunities at their local colleges and universities.
“Dual enrollment programs enable motivated high school students to take core college courses,” Singer said. “Combined with high school AP courses, this can save them up to two years of college.” The savings in time also means savings in college expenses.
While about 85 percent of GGC’s dual enrollment students are from Gwinnett, the rest mostly hail from Barrow, Walton and Forsyth counties.