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Save Money and Time With Dual Registration In High School and College

Updated on January 22, 2014
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Ms. Inglish provided the largest numbers of graduations in alternative high school STEM programs in Ohio for 10 years.

Johns Hopkins Hospital. The University and Hospital offer a number of programs to talented youth of high shcool age.
Johns Hopkins Hospital. The University and Hospital offer a number of programs to talented youth of high shcool age. | Source


As an Instructor and the Administrator of a large countywide GED program from 1994 – 2005, I coordinated with the State Department of Education office and the local school districts of the city and surrounding suburbs. In addition, we were able to work with federally funded programs – including the Literacy Initiative, colleges and universities, community organizations, area businesses in the private sector, and Education and Training (E&T) agencies - that included Workforce Development training to high school, college, and GED students and job seekers of all ages 14 through senior citizen. Further, we operated a Family Literacy and drop-in childcare program for students’ and job seekers’ children and other relatives. We were fortunate enough to have 4 clinics in our building for referrals back and forth among our services.

All this occurred under the funded system operating previous to the Workforce Investment Act, although some of these programs can be found today around the country. Links at the end of this article will show you how to find them.

Asheboro NC Zoo School

High School and Vocational Certificate Combination

I also operated a Medical Office Training Program that graduated two classes of 12-14 individuals each, or 26 in total, along with a GED certificate if they had not already achieved that goal. Of these students, 21 (81%) found and held full-time occupations in medical offices, hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, dental offices, veterinary practices, and similar office settings.

This was a high percentage compared with similar community E&T programs in the state, many achieving less than 60 or 70% success. Our classes taught medical terminology, business English and writing, work readiness skills, and certified Receptionist Training based on a proven curriculum.

At the height of our programming, we assisted record numbers of students and job seekers to attain a GED or high school diploma, achieve US Citizenship, learn English as their second language, and attain jobs or start businesses. For example, at the beginning of the 2000s, in one year January 1 – May 1, we referred and helped place approximately 600 individuals into part-time and full-time jobs.

Our staff consisted of myself, 7 student interns, and 2 volunteers. Motivation to achieve and to enjoy doing it were responsible for most of our success.

From time to time during those years, we were fortunate enough to have a second paid staff member and during those period, we ran work simulations that combined all aspects of GED/high school core classes, work readiness, and work skills that included customer service. Twice, we successfully operated a simulated restaurant for a day at the end of a class year, complete with food and décor. The project entailed planning the restaurant as a business, floor plans, ordering, inventories, menus, preparation, serving, inspections, hiring & interviewing, and dozens of related tasks.

Other innovative educational programming kept students and job seekers interested. After School programs and Summer Employment for youth in middle and high school were great additions that provided work skills training, paid internships, and other benefits like college high school/college credits from a few sites.

Dual Registration

Dual Enrollment permits high school students to enroll in college courses for credit while still attending high school. College credits are earned and can be applied toward high school and college at once. Dual Enrollment procedures vary from state to state, so check with your own state board of education.,

Surprising Programs You've Never Heard Of

This was just my own corner of an E&T agency. In another division, one particularly super Employment Counselor created an E&T program with the help of a local truck driver’s training school and a nearby motel. This counselor was able to place homeless individuals that were motivated to succeed into a free room and board situation for two weeks or more while they completed certified truck driving school with a CDL license.

The school placed the graduating students into jobs immediately after graduation and some of the drivers lived in their trucks for two to four weeks, at which point they could afford rent. A few studied for GED certificates and received those as well at a later date. This was a fantastic program.

Other programs included high school arts and sciences training in state parks. and other course routes that were different. The major key seemed to be hands-on project based learning, which in many settings works better than any other style or type.

Horizontal teamwork was also essential, with all members contributing. A particularly exciting program was one in which high school students went to high school at a local Metropolitan Zoo and earned a high school diploma with college credits, learned about related occupations, worked in summer jobs, and achieved a head start in college with transferred credits from this educational program.


High School and College All at Once

During these years, you can see that the discipline of education created several new and alternative pathways for attaining a high school diploma and a vocational or college education.

Some of these innovative programs cut costs and times required to graduate by a significant amount.

A portion of these excitingly efficient programs allowed students to graduate from a 2-year community college with both a GED (General Equivalency Diploma for high school certification) and an Associate’s Degree (AA) in a chosen field at the same time. Other programs awarded college credits for high school coursework.

One option in education is kind of multigenerational campus. In some cities, a high school campus is located on the grounds of and connected administratively to a college or university campus. The high school students may enroll in both institutions (dual enrollment). In other cities, high schoolers may still procure dual enrollment at the local college or university, even though they are separate entities. Another option is that of achieving college credit for performing well in high school Advanced Placement Classes.

One Korean model of this system is prominent on a university campus in South Korea upon which elementary school students attend school M-F and half a day on Saturday and train in Taekwondo and physical fitness as well(physical training 3-4 hours a day). Their education proceeds from there smoothly to the university level. The elementary school itself produces a national demonstration team of young black belts. I have seen them up close and can say that training 20+ hours per week produces a jaw dropping group of youngsters - happy, excited but in control, intelligent, verbally gited, eager to work, creative, high-endurance, mannerly and respectful, confident but not conceited. In America, we have some magnet schools that are physical education based and produce similar results.

In addition, some of our nation's cities host community schools, charter schools, and magnet schools dedicated to producing high school graduates that are also certified in MOUS, C+, and other Information Technology(IT) certifications. These students can graduate from high school and step into a high paying career.


Combination Education Programs

Where Can You or Your Child Find These Options?

ZOO SCHOOLS- Check the website of any zoo for information about a zoo school, or call the zoo Not all zoos have these schools onsite, but many do. Don't be confused by short-term "zoo school camps" for kids and/or adults that last for only one week. These are great, but you are looking for a high school or a full school of grades K-12 on the campus of a metropolitan zoo. Often the class size in smaller than in other schools, which is advantageous.

DUAL ENROLLMENT - Check your own city or county for schools and school districts that offer such programs as the following. Or, call your State Board of Education and ask about dual enrollment in high school and college or vocational/technical school. In fact, some high schools offer a Career Center in which students earn vocational certificates as well as high school diplomas.

  • PAVTEC- Portland, Oregon. High school articulated credit program at Portland Community College: PCC Dual Credit. At least 43 high schools participate in this program. A cost is involved.
  • Early College High Schools

GED & COLLEGE - At least 1 in 7 (14%) high school diplomas earned in the USA each year come from passing GED Tests, first administered in 1942 and updated regularly..

  • City College of New York (CUNY)- GED, Adult Basic Education (BE), ESOL, transition to college. All Burroughs of NYC.
  • GED PLUS - GED and College - Florida GED PLUS College Preparation Program Implementation Guide.
  • NEXT STEP- Clarkston, Georgia. DeKalb Technical College GED Transition Program - GED preparation and testing, followed by vocational/technical training and certification. Partners with Community E&T Organizations, school systems, corrections facilities, and private business.

OTHER COMBINATION PROGRAMS - Distance & Online Education Options - Full Listings and Review.


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    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      6 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Hi Minister Jacky!

      I hope modern families take advantage of this program if they are able to do so. It saves SO much money and time.

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      Jacky Hughes 

      6 years ago from Yarnton, Oxfordshire

      This is such a useful article. I wish that these things had been around when my kids were at school. I may well be downloading some of these for my own use. This article could be printed out as a handout for school parents.

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      halima lene 

      6 years ago

      I just saw your information and wish to come in you school

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      Patty Inglish MS 

      8 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Search Google with the terms "Online College GED."

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      8 years ago

      what college's offer Ged and College class any online?

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      9 years ago

      this is..................... ok

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      9 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      That is interesting and good to her, jessicatools. I wish them all success!

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      9 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Some of my friends' kids have earned an associate's degree while in high school and actually walked across the stage at the local community college the day before they walked for their high school diploma. Kudos to them for being able to pull it off.

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      Andy Williams 

      10 years ago

      Thanks to the internet, there are so many different ways to obtain a proper education. From getting your GED to taking college classes, it's amazing how much technology has affected education. Thanks for sharing.

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      Sir Frobisher 

      10 years ago

      That sounds impossible but not. Amazing!

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      Lisa Singer 

      10 years ago

      Patty, this is a great list. I wanted to let you know about Check us out, and I have no doubt you'll want to add us to your list.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      10 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Thanks for the testimony, jenische; you're organized and a hard worker.

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      10 years ago

      That's similar to what I'm doing. I'm currently a junior at my local public high school but I am also taking evening classes at my local college. That way by the time I graduate I'll have both a high school diploma and an associates degree. Two less years that I have to spend doing undergrad work. But just a word of warning, I only recommend this particular path if you are highly motivated and can handle the workload. It can be a lot to do at once along with extracurricular activities.

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      Patty Inglish MS 

      11 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      @tmajor - Best wishes to you and our Success Academy. I hope you write about it on HubPages soon.

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      11 years ago from Florida


      Thank you very much for everything you do for your brothers and sisters, both young and old! I am currently engaged in starting a Success Academy!

    • tmajor profile image


      11 years ago from Florida


      Have you ever read "Underground History of American Education" by Johyn Taylor Gatto. He's a former teacher of 30 years, selected Teacher of the Year in NY, twice.

      You can read it online or purchase.

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      Twin XL 

      11 years ago

      Patty, you always have some good hubs on here! Thanks for the great info- always a fan!

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      12 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Marye! - Congratulations for doing all this for your child, who will bless you many times over for doing so. Great parent, fantastic programs!

      neophytebevs - At least we did a few 1000 people some real good. That's the goal. Thanks :)

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      12 years ago from Philippines


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      Marye Audet 

      12 years ago

      Yep. My 16 year old is doing dual credits, homeschooling and attending the local college. He is in his second semester and doing great.


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