High School Initiatives
The High School Initiatives Office oversees all things related to dual enrollment. We assist high school and home school students with advising and registration. We hold dual enrollment orientations for new students. We also work closely with area high schools and school systems with managing the Dual Enrollment Program.
Dual Enrollment Program at GNTC
The Dual Enrollment Program at Georgia Northwestern Technical College (formerly called Move On When Ready), allows high school students to take college degree level core courses, as well as certificate, and diploma level courses.
Benefits of Dual Enrollment at GNTC
Degree-level core classes will transfer to any institution in the University System of Georgia (USG) or Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG). College credits count toward high school rigor and HOPE Scholarship rigor requirements.
Students who participate in Dual Enrollment courses get a 0.5 boost in the HOPE Scholarship GPA calculation upon high school graduation. Please note – this does not apply to your local GPA calculation.
Dual Enrollment State Funding Eligibility
- Must be enrolled in public or private high school physically located within the state of Georgia
- Students in the 10th grade may enroll in approved Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE) courses at a participating TCSG institution only.
- Students in the 11th – 12th grade may enroll in any approved dual enrollment courses at an eligible participating postsecondary institution (PSI).
- Students in the 9th grade are not eligible for dual enrollment state funding but can self-pay, or have their tuition paid by their school system or other 3rd party entity.
- Dual enrollment state funding will only cover a total of 30 semester credit hours.
- Dual enrollment state funding will only cover a total of 15 credit hours per semester. If a student takes dual enrollment courses at more than one post-secondary institution, and the total credit hours from all institutions are over 15 credit hours, the student will owe a balance to one or more institutions.
- Students will lose state dual enrollment funding eligibility:
- If they have more than one withdrawal from a dual enrollment course.
- If they fail to meet satisfactory academic progress (SAP) as defined by the post-secondary institution.
- If they transfer to a high school located out of the state of Georgia.
- Dual enrollment state funding will not pay for a student to repeat or retake a course where state funding was previously used.
HOPE Grant and HOPE Career Grant
HOPE and HOPE Career Grant funding may be used under certain circumstances to fund additional dual enrollment courses. HOPE and HOPE Career Grant can only be used after the student has exhausted the 30 semester credit hours, or if the student loses state funding eligibility. The student must meet all HOPE eligibility requirements, including residency. Using HOPE and HOPE Career Grant funds will count toward the HOPE and Zell Miller paid hours limit.
Courses are offered on the college campus, at the high school campus, online, hybrid, or web-enhanced.
Students can enroll in GNTC courses during the fall, spring, or summer semesters while still in high school and receive dual credit.
High school students wishing to enroll in the Dual Enrollment Program must first meet with their high school guidance counselor or speak to one of our High School Initiatives staff.
A student must have qualifying test scores before applying. GNTC will accept SAT, ACT, PSAT, and Accuplacer scores.
Once a student has qualifying test scores he or she will complete an online Dual Enrollment application and complete any other required forms needed to participate in the program.
Tuition, Fees, and Books
Tuition, college fees, and textbooks are covered by dual enrollment state funding for eligible students. There may be some course-related fees not covered by dual enrollment. For example, cosmetology and automotive students have to purchase tool kits. However, most GNTC programs do not require these fees.
For tuition, fees, and books to be covered by Dual Enrollment funding, every student must complete a funding application every year he or she is enrolled in college courses. The funding application is on the GAFutures website.
High School Initiatives Staff
- Kristi Hart, Director of High School Initiatives
- Jennifer Reynolds, Home School students
- Corrie Pyles, Catoosa County, Calhoun City, Murray County, Whitfield County, and Dalton City Schools
- Linda Tinney, Floyd County, Polk County, and Rome City Schools
- Jennifer Cunningham, Chattooga County, Gordon County, Walker County, Dade County, Chickamauga City Schools, and Trion City Schools.