College Credit Now - Dual Enrollment

Frequently Asked Questions


What is Dual Enrollment?
Dual enrollment is a program that offers students the opportunity to earn college credit and high school credit at the same time. Qualified students of accredited public and private schools in the counties of Atkinson, Ben Hill, Berrien, Brooks, Coffee, Cook, Echols, Irwin, Lanier, Lowndes and Wilcox, and Valdosta City earn post-secondary and Carnegie unit credit while enrolled in a high school class. Dual Enrollment allows students to experience post-secondary courses, facilitating a smooth transition as they graduate from high school and continue their education in college.

Who is eligible for Dual Enrollment?

  • Students wishing to receive elective credit at their high school for their college coursework
  • Students who have successfully met the Wiregrass Georgia Technical College admission requirements
  • Students who have parental permission to be enrolled in the Dual Enrollment program
  • Students who are interested in pursuing a technical degree after graduation

How do I enroll?
See your high school counselor or contact us for the necessary application forms and information about the Dual Enrollment program.

What type of placement test is required for admissions?
Students enrolling in Wiregrass can either take the COMPASS or ASSET placement test, or submit program-ready SAT or ACT scores.

What is the ASSET test?
The ASSET is a 90-minute paper and pencil placement test consisting of English, math, and reading. It is administered by the testing department of Wiregrass Georgia Technical College who will come to your high school.

What is the COMPASS test?
The COMPASS test is an untimed computerized test consisting of reading, English, math, and/or algebra. It is administered by the testing department of Wiregrass Georgia Technical College or an assigned testing administrator in your high school.

What score must I make on the ACT, SAT, or Compass to be accepted into the College Credit Now Program?

    Diploma Scores Degree Scores
SAT Critical Reading 430 450
  Math 400 440
ACT Reading 13 17
  English 12 16
  Math 17 19
COMPASS* Reading 70 79
  English 32 62
  Pre-Algebra 26 N/A
  Algebra N/A 37

General scores for most programs, but some exceptions do apply.
*Dual Enrollment students can be admitted with provisional Compass scores.
Please contact one of the high school coordinators for more information.

What score must I make on the ASSET or Compass tests to be accepted into the Dual Enrollment program?
Acceptable test scores vary from program to program. Your ASSET and Compass scores are good for five years.

What programs are available for Dual Enrollment?
Program availability varies from high school to high school, so ask your counselor or one of the Wiregrass high school coordinators to find out if the program you want is available at your school.

How are my grades determined?
You receive a high school grade and a college grade. Both grades are based on your mastery of the subject matter. The high school grade you receive applies toward satisfying your high school graduation requirements. The grade you receive from the college is applied toward satisfying the requirements of a college certificate or diploma.

How are Dual Enrollment courses different from regular high school courses?
Dual enrollment courses must meet high school curriculum standards as well as college curriculum standards. More material is covered in dual enrollment courses, and they are led by a college instructor.

What does it cost?
For qualified Georgia high school students, a portion of the tuition is covered under the HOPE Grant. The other portion of tuition and fees are exempted. For more information on the HOPE Grant, contact your counselor or WGTC’s high school coordinators.

What is the HOPE Grant?
Georgia’s HOPE Grant program covers a portion of tuition for students enrolled in certificate and diploma programs.

Who is eligible for the HOPE Grant?
Georgia residents who are attending a technical college in Georgia to earn a certificate or diploma are eligible for a HOPE Grant regardless of their high school graduation date or GPA. Students must have lived in Georgia for at least 12 months in order to qualify. Full-time enrollment is not required, but you must make satisfactory academic progress to maintain eligibility.

Does the HOPE Grant affect the HOPE Scholarship?
No. In 2008, the Georgia General Assembly passed State Bill 492, which introduced changes to the HOPE Scholarship and Grant Programs in Georgia. It exempts Dual Credit Enrollment Hours, earned while a student is in high school, from being counted as HOPE Grant Paid-Hours or Combined Paid-Hours. Therefore, a student will be eligible for FULL HOPE upon high school graduation. This provision does not apply to Joint Enrollment students. For complete details on HOPE, please visit the Georgia Student Finance Commission website at www.gsfc.org

What costs are covered by the HOPE Grant?
Georgia's HOPE Grant program covers 80% tuition for students enrolled in certificate and diploma programs. High school students enrolled in a College Credit Now-HOPE program may be responsible for books and other supplies for their classes.

Is there an application fee to enroll at Wiregrass Georgia Technical College in a program under Dual Enrollment-HOPE?
No. The president of Wiregrass Georgia Technical College has waived the $20 application fee for high school students enrolling in the Dual Enrollment Program.

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Contact Us

Northern Region
Andrea Fletcher
High School Coordinator
Ben Hill-Irwin Campus
Ben Hill Hall, Room 628C
667 Perry House Road
Fitzgerald, GA 31750
Phone: (229) 468-2049
andrea.fletcher@wiregrass.edu

Southern Region
Stacey Prescott
High School Coordinator
Valdosta Campus
Berrien Hall, Room 132
4089 Val Tech Road
Valdosta, GA 31602
Phone: (229) 259-5180