Coordinator, Panther Youth Partners and Technical Dual Enrollment
Early College/Dual Enrollment
Get a head start on your college credit or technical certificate program while you are still attending high school.
Participation in dual enrollment credit for high school credit is free to students in the local service district.
The state of Florida has approved a number of accelerated education programs that make it possible to complete most of the first two years of college while still in high school. If a degree program is not your goal and you’re really ready for the fast track, you can complete your technical certification and join the workforce as soon as you graduate from high school.
What courses can I take?
Many courses have been approved by the state of Florida for high school dual enrollment. They will meet high school graduation requirements and will also count towards your college or technical/occupational degree or certificate.
Courses that can be applied to the Associate in Arts (freshman and sophomore years of university programs), Associate in Science, and Associate in Applied Science degrees and certificates are also available. You can take courses that are special program prerequisite courses, college credit transfer courses, and applied technology courses. Your high school has been assigned a South Florida State College counselor who visits your school regularly. You should get together with the SFSC counselor to develop a fast rack that meets your future educational or employment goals.
Courses are available at your high school, at SFSC campuses, and on the Internet.
How do I enroll?
Each high school counselor and SFSC’s Admissions Office has Dual Enrollment Program forms. Dual enrollment includes academic as well as occupational courses. Fees for registration or books will not be charged for Desoto, Hardee, or Highlands county public school students enrolled in the Early College/Dual Enrollment Program if the courses meet the core requirements for high school graduation credit.
All public high school dual enrollment will be in compliance with the annual Inter-institutional Articulation Agreement between the college and School Board. Students enrolled in private schools and home education who are approved to enroll in courses taken for high school credit will not be charged for registration, but they are responsible for purchasing their books. Students who are not receiving high school graduation credit must pay their own fees and purchase their own books.