A dual credit course is a college course taken by a high school student for which the student earns both college and high school credit. Some courses are taught at Texas Empowerment Academy by TEA teachers during school hours, other courses are taught on campus before and after school by ACC teachers. Texas Empowerment Academy has cooperative arrangements with Austin Community College. Dual credit courses cover a blend of high school and college-level subject matter. Discussions and required readings will cover topics discussed in college-level courses. Participating in the dual credit program enables you to make substantial progress toward your college degree before finishing high school. Dual credit courses are also useful in fulfilling the performance acknowledgments for your graduation plan. Other advantages include:
- Convenience courses are taught at the high school campus, at the college, or online depending on the arrangements made with your high school.
- Close to home, learn what college professors expect while still in familiar surroundings.
- Student success and successful completion of college-level courses will aid in a successful transition to a campus later.
- Dual credit courses are intended for students who possess proven ability, interest, and motivation to handle the extra workload and study requirements. The decision to take a dual credit course should not be taken lightly. It is strongly recommended that any student considering dual credit courses seek advice from his/her counselor and parent. When considering dual credit courses, students carefully consider the extra time commitment the courses entail. Dual credit courses are demanding and require extensive homework and self-directed study. Therefore, a strong degree of motivational, organizational, and time management skills are critical.