Dual enrollment program allows students to earn AA degrees

By Natalie Gilstrap For Clay Today
Posted 5/11/22

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – The Keystone Campus of Santa Fe College, also known as the Watson Center, offers high school students an opportunity to earn college credits while in high school through the …

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Dual enrollment program allows students to earn AA degrees

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KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – The Keystone Campus of Santa Fe College, also known as the Watson Center, offers high school students an opportunity to earn college credits while in high school through the Dual Enroll Program.
“Santa Fe has an articulated agreement with Clay County in which we articulate for the AA degree and certain 3,000-level courses,” said Karen Lake, a specialist in Student Affairs.
Eligibility for the program depends on the district, but a high school student in Keystone Heights must have a 3.0 unweighted GPA to be eligible and take a PERT test to determine the appropriate level of college classes.
The program covers all academic coursework. In addition, all science classes including perquisites required for the STEM and science programs can be completed through the Dual Enroll Program.
Students planning to major in nursing can also enroll in the program to complete the perquisites in high school and be prepared to apply to a nursing program after graduating from high school.
“They save time getting into the nursing program and are out two years earlier,” Lake said.
Lastly, the program is free which includes tuition and books.
During the past few years, the Dual Enroll Program has received positive feedback.
“The Dual Enrollment Program in Keystone is the most successful program in Clay County,” Lake said.
It graduates more students from Keystone Heights High with an Associate of Arts degree compared to other high schools combined.
“Thanks to the program, I have been able to graduate with my high school diploma and an AA degree at the age of 18,” said Sasha, a recent graduate.
She also said she would recommend anyone that wants to earn college credits and get a head start in college.
Harold, a parent of a former dual enrollment student, said that the program is a great opportunity for students and families because of the financial benefits.

“I highly recommend it,” he said. “The staff at the Watson Center have been very helpful and supportive.”
Another parent, Kim, said the program pushed her children out of their comfort zone and prepared them for life.
“We see our students go and do amazing things after they graduate from the program,” Lake said.

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