Frequently Asked Questions
 

Do the credits transfer?

More than 85% of colleges and universities (primarily public universities) accept credits from our partner colleges. VCHS can provide additional information on the transfer policies of specific schools where VCHS alumni attend. Policies can change year to year, so students are encouraged to consult with the institution of their choice regarding transferability of credits earned.

I’ve never heard of Dual Credit. Does this model exist elsewhere?

Dual credit programs have been popular on the East Coast and Midwest for years, beginning in the 1970s. The current model used by public schools in California involves high school students going to a community college campus in order to take college classes. This is becoming problematic since many California community colleges introductory classes are impacted and still facing budget cuts.

One of our partner schools, West Hills Community College, is branching out and following the model used in other states by hiring our teachers as their own off-campus college professors. Our teachers must meet their existing rigorous faculty standards and teach the same college-level content, which enables these dual credit classes to be offered on VCHS's campus.

Is there additional coursework required if I want to take a class for dual credit?

Not normally. Usually, our dual credit courses are covering the same content with the same rigor as an introductory college-level course. There are a handful of dual credit classes that require additional work outside of the existing VCHS workload. Please reference the dual credit course catalog to determine which classes have additional assignments.

Can I drop this course after signing up?

Once enrolled as a student at one of our partner colleges/universities, students must adhere to that institution's policies. Please refer to the VCHS dual credit course catalog for add/drop dates for each of the partner colleges/universities. If a student wants to drop the course after that date, a withdraw/fail will be assigned to him/her.

How can I learn more about transferability?

In general, most colleges and universities accept dual credit transcripts. There are some colleges that do have restrictions, so you should always research the colleges that you are considering. Not sure that your credits will transfer? Check out www.assist.org.

How can I learn more about the program?

Please contact the Academic Coordinator, Shannon McClellan, (smcclellan@vcs.net) for additional information about our dual credit program.

What is the benefit?

  • College admissions could consider your student’s application as academically stronger because of the inclusion of a college course(s).
  • The credits might transfer to the college of your choice at a fraction of the cost that you would pay at the four-year college.
  • If the credits transfer, your student gains priority in registering for college courses at the college of their choice. 

What is the risk?

  • The credits might not transfer and you lose the money paid for the class.
  • If your student does poorly in the class that grade will be reflected on the college transcript. 
  • If the class is dropped after the deadline, W/F will be given by the college.
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