COVINGTON -- Dozens of local high school students continue to take advantage of the dual enrollment program at Georgia Perimeter College.
This semester, 80 students from Newton and Rockdale counties' public high schools are enrolled in the program.
"Additionally, many private and home-schooled students in both Newton and Rockdale from accredited and non-accredited programs participate in Dual Enrollment," said Jeff Meadors, coordinator of Dual Enrollment at GPC.
In the Newton County School System, seven students from Alcovy High School participate in the program at GPC, 28 from Eastside High and eight from Newton High.
In Rockdale County Public Schools, 27 students from Heritage High School participate in the program, three from Salem High and seven from Rockdale County High.
GPC's Newton Campus also serves students in Morgan County, Jasper County, Social Circle City, Walton County, Putnam County, Butts County and Henry County public school systems.
"Students are enrolled in honors courses, distance learning courses (online), face-to-face courses and hybrid courses," Meadors said.
Collegewide, about 850 students are enrolled in the program, which is an increase of more than 8 percent.
"We are the largest Dual Enrollment program in the state of Georgia," Meadors said.
This year, there are some changes for the program due to new state laws.
In the past, student funds were pulled from high schools for the colleges, but this year, high schools no longer are penalized.
Additionally, the program won't pull from student's HOPE credit hours, as has been done in the past.
Students can participate in dual enrollment through the ACCEL program -- which is funded through the Georgia Student Finance Commission and allows students to be enrolled part time or full time at GPC -- or the Move On When Ready Program, which requires students to be enrolled in classes full time at a post-secondary institution without taking classes at their high schools.
Students in the ACCEL program mostly take core classes, but this year the course list has expanded to offer philosophy and more math classes. Students in the MOWR program can take engineering, education, computer science and more physical education classes this year.
High school juniors and seniors with at least a 3.0 grade-point average and an SAT score of 970 or an ACT score of 20 are eligible to participate in the program.
Students qualified to be in the program must complete an application to GPC and submit an official high school transcript, a current certificate of immunization and a parental consent form.
Applications for fall 2012 are due by July 1.
More information is available by visiting www.gpc.edu/dualenrollment or calling 770-278-1270 at the Newton Campus.