Why Dual Credit?
WHAT IS DUAL CREDIT?
Dual credit is a program that allows high school students to earn high school and college credit simultaneously. Morton Ranch High School students have the opportunity to enroll as a student with Houston Community College to take introductory level courses in English, social studies, math, and science. All courses are taught by a HCC instructor at Morton Ranch High School. Courses are organized as semester-long classes. HCC and Katy ISD work in partnership to promote college-readiness by providing an opportunity for our students to get a head start on their higher educational degrees.
HOW WILL THIS PROGRAM BENEFIT ME?
Cost: Students will need to purchase textbooks as well as pay a $50 per semester tuition fee. Once a student has successfully completed his/her semester course, all credits will transfer to any public college or university in the state of Texas as well as many out of state campuses. Given the rise of tuition rates, the completion of available dual credit courses prior to graduation, enables high school students to save both time and money toward a two year or four year college degree.
Experience: This is the only type of course offered in Katy ISD that is taught entirely in a college environment by a college-level instructor. Students gain first -hand knowledge of the structure, rigor, and expectations of today's professors. This invaluable experience teaches students how to think critically and research matters in-depth. Students leave the dual credit program prepared for the academic demands of higher education. More importantly, students in the dual credit program gain better insight as to the type of college degree they wish to earn. It is a head start, not only in your education, but towards a successful career.
Mentorship: Dual credit students are involved in a wide variety of college-level learning environments. Much of what goes on in a college class is prepared outside of the classroom. Students will conduct research projects, service learning, and be engaged in educational field trips outside the class that help promote a cooperative and active classroom culture. Students build a strong and positive rapport with the HCC faculty and often use their experience to rise as leaders within the student community.