FROM STAFF REORTS
As opening days for fall classes draw near, agreements in support of dual enrollment have been reached between Daytona State College and Volusia and Flagler school districts.
The college’s District Board of Trustees on Aug. 13 approved agreements to cover the majority of the schools’ costs for services associated with dual enrollment in 2013-14.
The Volusia and Flagler school boards will vote on the agreements in upcoming weeks.
Dual enrollment provides college-credit classes on Daytona State campuses, giving college-bound students a head start on their higher education, at no cost to them.
Until this fall, Florida colleges paid for dual-enrolled tuition; this spring, the state Legislature voted to shift the cost to school districts.
“We realize the districts had little time to build this cost into their budget planning for 2013-14,” said Daytona State President Carol W. Eaton. “Providing dual enrollment for our high school students at no cost to them has been a hallmark of our region and Florida education.
“School Superintendents Margaret Smith and Janet Valentine and their staff have worked very hard with us to develop the new agreements,” added Eaton. “We’re pleased to be able to assist the districts as we continue this valuable service to our next generation of workforce and career leaders.”
Testing, counseling included
The agreements require Daytona State to reimburse the schools for their services, including counseling, testing, academic support, eligibility determination and grade monitoring.
Some 5,000 students from 11 Volusia County and two Flagler County high schools earned college credits at Daytona State in the past five years through dual enrollment.
This past May alone, 70 teens received their associate degrees before graduating from high school, allowing them to start as juniors in baccalaureate programs.
With fall enrollment ongoing until Daytona State classes start Aug. 26, to date nearly 800 Volusia and 200 Flagler teens already have dual enrolled.