Dual Enrollment Program for Vermont Students
The Vermont Dual Enrollment Program allows high school students to earn college credit while still in high school or the summer after they graduate. Successful high school students have earned anywhere from 3 to 18 college credits—reducing the time it takes to get a college degree, reducing the costs associated with college, and challenging themselves through college-level curriculum. Courses in the Vermont Dual Enrollment Program are offered tuition free, with support for one tuition-free course from GEAR-UP and the State of Vermont's Next Generation Initiative.
There are many pathways for high school students
to get a head start on college:
Introduction to College Studies is a 26-hour course designed to help students develop strategies for college success. Introduction to College Studies is offered at all 12 Community College of Vermont academic centers every fall, spring, and summer semester, and at other VSC colleges on a variable basis. With support from VSAC and GEAR-UP, this course is offered tuition free to all Vermont high school students.
Students who have successfully completed Introduction to College Studies can apply for a Vermont Dual Enrollment Voucher. The voucher program allows students to take one college course at any of the five Vermont State Colleges tuition free -- Castleton State College, Community College of Vermont, Johnson State College, Lyndon State College and Vermont Technical College -- while they are still in high school or the summer after they graduate. This voucher can be also used at selected Vermont colleges and universities through a statewide partnership agreement supported by the State of Vermont's Next Generation Initiative.
Students who enroll in selected partner programs at their local career/technical center may also earn college credit through the Fast Forward Program. Students may be eligible for Fast Forward Tickets, which allow them to earn college credit for one or more courses for $100 and one course tuition free. Each of the 17 Vermont Technical or Comprehensive High Schools currently have dual enrollment agreements in place or are working on future agreements. Click here for a listing of Career/Technical Centers in the state and more information on the career pathways available.
Dual Enrollment Programs for High School Students are designed for high school seniors who are academically prepared to enroll in a college-level course and could benefit from that experience. With support from Vermont’s Next Generation Initiative, eligible students may take one college course tuition free at the VSC or at other selected Vermont colleges and universities while they are still in high school or the summer after they graduate.
Vermont Technical Colleges hosts the Vermont Academy of Science and Technology (VAST), a full-year alternative to the senior year of high school for motivated high school seniors and home-schooled students who have a successful academic record and strong interest in math, science and technology. VAST students take standard college courses at VTC to complete the senior year of high school and the freshman year of college simultaneously—tuition free. VAST is recognized as an independent high school with the authority to grant diplomas.
For more information:
High school students who are interested in taking courses at the Vermont State Colleges should contact their guidance counselor or the VSC representative listed below:
Christopher Eder, Castleton State College: (802) 468-1351
Natalie Searle, Community College of Vermont: (802) 786-5148 (or call the CCV site nearest you)
Katie Mobley, Community College of Vermont (802) 654-0531 (or call the CCV site nearest you)
Penny Howrigan, Johnson State College: (800) 635-2356 (toll free)
Vincent Maloney, Lyndon State College: (802) 626-6431
Rose Distel, Vermont Technical College: (802) 728-1245
Learn more about Dual Enrollment opportunities at other Vermont colleges and universities at these sites:
College of St. Joseph
Green Mountain College
New England Culinary Institute
Southern Vermont College
University of Vermont
High school students who are interested in taking courses outside the VSC through the Next Generation Initiative should contact their guidance counselor or the college representative below:
Burlington College: Gillian Homsted (802) 846-3057; Bridget Graham (802) 862-9616
Champlain College: Catherine Bergeron-Radoux (802) 865-5702
College of St. Joseph: Patricia Miglorie (802) 776-5240; Nancy Kline (802) 776-5213
Green Mountain College: Alison Cota (802) 287-8346
New England Culinary Institute: Adonica Williams (802) 225-3210
Southern Vermont College: James Frederick (802) 447-6324
University of Vermont: Nichole Hathaway (802) 656-4682