About our Dual Enrollment Program
As part of their schedule, students who attend TCCHS may take college courses free of cost, and in many cases, receive reimbursement for books, as well! Students are welcome from in-district or from anywhere in the metro-Detroit area.
While our most common partnerships are with Oakland and Macomb Community Colleges, our students have also attended Oakland University, Baker College, and Washtenaw Community College. We are also open to other programs that you may be interested in. There are many options, and we can tailor a program that fits your educational needs!
We are Here to Support You Every Step of the Way!
If students decide they would like to be dual-enrolled at TCCHS and a local college, they begin by taking a College Prep class at TCCHS. College Prep students learn to make a smooth transition from high school to higher education. Students are assisted in selecting classes and applying for scholarships and learn to: hone note taking and time management skills, navigate through the college campus both in-person and online, organize class work and test quiz dates, and much more. Upon successful completion of College Prep and other TCCHS classes, students may then consider applying for college classes for the next semester.
Students who are enrolled in college classes concurrently take College Seminar at TCCHS. In College Seminar, students receive personal assistance with: time management and class organization, content areas, essay writing, studying, test-taking, educational career planning, learning how to apply for scholarships, monitoring of grades, and much more. Additionally, collaboration with their peers allows students to appreciate a totally supportive environment for academic achievement!
How to Apply
To learn more about dual enrollment options at TCCHS, please contact Deb MacDonald Linford, principal, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (248) 823-5156.
Typically, a student must have completed at least 16 high school credits and the College Prep class.
How many college credits can I take?
Students can earn as many credits as they are comfortable taking with the approval of the Dual Enrollment committee. In addition, students must not spend more than the full-time tuition amount allotted by the State of Michigan. Our dual enrollment students typically take between one and four college classes in a semester.
Do I need to take all traditional “academic” college classes?
No. We encourage students to take courses that help them pursue a degree, and/or certificates that will lead them to become gainfully-employed citizens. We have had students take classes that lead to certificates in skilled trades like mechanics, heating and cooling, and even programs like veterinary assisting.
Of course! Once a student completes the state-mandated minimum number of high school credits, students are eligible to graduate at whatever point they are at in the Dual Enrollment program. Dual Enrollment is an opportunity and option at TCCHS – not a requirement.
Do all students at TCCHS have to take college classes?
While it is encouraged that students take our College Prep class (about 75% do so), our high school students may, but are not required, to also enroll in college.
Why is Dual Enrollment the right choice for me?
Costs for college continue to significantly rise, and that trend is expected to continue. Typically, the difference in salaries for people with and without post-secondary education is considerable. The support of TCCHS teachers helps ensure student success!
“The program creates many opportunities for those who are willing to take the initial step in going to college. With this head start, the opportunities are endless. Students have a better chance to get ahead in life, and it shows you take education seriously.” (Zari Saynganthone, graduate)
“The Dual Enrollment program helps students get a running start and pick up momentum to get a feel for what college is like. Another nice thing is that I could take my general education classes while thinking about what I want to do.” (Patrick Conner, graduate)
“This was a great program for me. The staff at NCHS [now TCCHS] has motivated me in the way they treat me and have prepared me for college.” (Ennis Elias, graduate)
“I like the support we get. I know the college has tutoring, but they don’t know us. The teachers here at TCCHS help not only with subject areas, but with everyday concerns, as well.” (Meg Weiss, current student)
“If it were not for Niles [now TCCHS], I would not be going to college right now. Not everyone can get that opportunity, and this program makes it a lot easier for people in harder situations to go to school. I am grateful, and I had a helping hand in doing it.” (Amanda DiGiovanni, graduate)
“My biggest concern was that the work might be too difficult, or I might get overwhelmed, but that is abolished by the fact that I can rely on the help of the teachers. It is very reassuring to have educated assistance, and it makes me much more comfortable with a situation I would normally be very nervous about.” (Jeremy Huotari, graduate)
“They [TCCHS teachers] help with motivation. This program gives kids who didn’t think they would go to college the chance to experience it to see if that is the path they want to take.” (Maya Adams, graduate)
“I looked around at people in classes around me [in college], and I felt I was more prepared than they were. I felt I had received a lot of useful information.” (Caroline Heilig, graduate)
“I see Dual Enrollment as a stepping stone. It provided for a smoother transition from high school to college.” (Amanda Mundt, graduate)
“Everything I have learned in College Prep has taught me organizational skills to help me in college and in my future career, as well,” (Kyle Newberry, graduate)
“I am so glad we found this school. If we hadn’t, I am not sure how comfortable Jeremy’s transition would have been to walk into a college setting not having the reassurance and the confidence boosters, let alone the skills he has acquired here. My son found the perfect of combination of what he needed to succeed.” (Karen Huotari, parent)
Want to Learn More?
To discuss how we can tailor a college plan while you recover high school credits, please contact Deb MacDonald Linford, principal, at email@example.com or (248) 823-5156.