Greenville Technical College’s Early College program is adding two new Greenville County high schools and two charter schools to its list of schools offering dual-credit courses. Next year, GREEN Charter School, NEXT High School, Carolina High School, and Berea High School also will offer the courses.
“The concept of Early College has spread,” says Lenna Young, Greenville Tech’s vice president for academic affairs.. “By the fall of 2017, we’ll be in 12 of the 14 high schools in the Greenville County School District.”
One reason for the increased interest: Tech’s Early College courses are accepted at most universities and they’re significantly cheaper than traditional colleges classes. Some high schoolers even take enough credits to earn an associate’s degree.
For the coming fall, Early College classes are $40 per credit hour; books are additional. Some schools cover these costs.
Tuition for Greenville Tech is currently $2,163 for two semesters, for Clemson it’s $14,708, and for the University of South Carolina it’s $23,704.
“We’re trying to adjust our fees and keep it as affordable as possible, but also help us have an affordable program,” Young says.
The 1,300-plus dual enrollment students include those enrolled at the three charter schools on Greenville Tech campuses: Greenville Technical Charter High School, Greer Middle College Charter High School, and Brashier Middle College in Simpsonville.
Greenville Tech also offers courses, which could include manufacturing and technical skills, to students at Greenville County Schools’ career centers, including Donaldson Career Center, J. Harley Bonds in Greer, Enoree Career Center, and the Golden Strip Career Technology Center.
High demand jobs require a trained workforce, and Greenville Tech’s early college program provides a link between high school and career, Young says. “That linkage drives the economic growth that we all enjoy in Greenville County.”
Here are the Greenville schools offering early college through Greenville Tech
* Greenville County High schools: Blue Ridge, Greer, Greenville, Hillcrest, JL Mann,
Mauldin, Riverside, Travelers Rest, Wade Hampton, Woodmont
* Greenville County Career and Technical Centers: Bonds, Golden Strip, Enoree, and Donaldson
* Charter: Legacy, Greenville Tech Charter High, Greer Middle College Charter High, Brashier Middle and College Charter High
* Greenville Co High Schools: Carolina and Berea
* Charter: GREEN and NEXT.
Source: Greenville Technical College