As part of a pilot dual credit program with Alcorn County Career and Technology Center and Northeast Mississippi Community College, the participating students will receive three hours of college credit for the NEMCC course CTE 1143, Fundamentals of Electrical Construction Manufacturing.
Jace Malone, Ethan Smith and Ethan Davis were specifically Construction students, while Bailey Hopkins was a Metal Fabrication student.
“Taking part in this pilot dual credit program with NEMCC, I feel can only be a win-win situation for our students,” said Jennifer Koon, ACTC Counselor. “Research concludes that dual enrollment/dual credit programs are associated with positive outcomes on high school graduation and college enrollment rates, college grade point averages and progress toward college completion.”
NEMCC Associate Vice-President Jason Mattox said it was a good time to be able to offer the dual enrollment for Alcorn County students.
“Industrial Maintenance is one of our largest programs and this is a freshman level course. It gives the students the opportunity to get their feet wet with the college experience,” said Mattox.
The students themselves appeared to take pride in their part of the inaugural program.
“I am deeply grateful for the opportunity and for what NEMCC has done for us,” said Hopkins.
“I really enjoy Construction class. Learning a trade is a very valuable asset. My favorite part of the class is the SkillsUSA competitions,” said Davis. “I’m glad we are receiving dual credit toward college and a national certification.”
Dual credit students are those who are enrolled in college level courses during their high school day and there are requirements before a student can enter the program.
Requirements for dual credit are:
Completed NEMCC application
Must have an overall 3.0 GPA
Official Letter of Approval from the Guidance Counselor/Principal
Official Partial High School Transcript
ACT scores are required
All educators involved expressed the value of the unique program as it introduces the students to college and brings the reality of life after high school into sharper focus.
“I appreciate NEMCC, especially Jason Mattox and his staff, for their willingness to work with us to assist our students in making a smooth transition into post-secondary education,” said ACTC Director Rodney Hopper. “I think the experience of participating and completing a dual credit CTE course through NEMCC will help the student build confidence to pursue further post-secondary opportunities. We look forward to working with Mr. Mattox and NEMCC, as we continue to explore options that will help our students find opportunities in the workforce.”