Dual Enrollment at BCC
by Cheryl Sclar
Bristol Community College has been active in The Commonwealth Dual Enrollment Partnership (CDEP) since 2005. High Schools, both public and private, as well as home schools from all over Massachusetts and Rhode Island have selected Bristol for their Dual Enrollment choice. This summer, more than 100 high school students are registered for classes.
How CDEP Works at BCC:
Each school functions as a separate entity. Some schools only allow students to take one class per semester, while others allow for as many classes as the students wants. Some students take all their classes at Bristol and engage in after school activities and clubs by creating a schedule which lets them off campus by 1:45 p.m. each day.
The process is simple. The student is recommended by the guidance counselor who helps the student select an appropriate class which would be applicable to high school graduation. Each class must be three or four credits and part of the Mass Transfer A2B. The student must receivecredit for both high school and college on their high school transcript. The final grades are a permanent part of their official college transcript, and applicable to their high school graduation as either an elective or requirement.
Students must have a 2.5 GPA at the high school to be eligible. Once they are in the program they must maintain a 3.0 at the college. Students attend a special Dual Enrollment Orientation which takes place one week before the semester begins.
Throughout the semester students receive email updates, alerts and support from the Academic Counselor for the program.
Students may participate in clubs, forums, lecture, and even use the Fitness Center. They receive a 900 number and a BCC ID. The FERPA also applies to them.
When a student graduates and wishes to apply to Bristol, the Academic Counselor often helps the student navigate the process. All Dual Enrollment students must attend the New Student Orientation just like all new incoming students do. There is not an exception.