GRISD will discontinue paying for online dual credit courses

Melissa Holmes|@LissaCHolmes mholmes@theglenrosereporter.com Staff Writer

GLEN ROSE - Recently, Glen Rose ISD announced on its Facebook page that the district would no longer be paying for any online dual credit courses that high school students enroll in. The change will go into effect for the Spring 2016 semester and will only apply to the online courses.

GRISD’s Superintendent G. Wayne Rotan stated that some students were opting to take the online version of classes being offered on campus, because the online courses were easier than the campus class. In order to change that, the district would like for students to now start taking courses in person and on campus as long as the classes are offered at the school.

Students can still register for online courses. However, they will now be 100-percent financially responsible for payment to the college they are attending.

GRISD has a partnership with Hill College and Angelo State University to offer dual credit courses to students. Currently, the district provides a voucher to assist students with the fees associated with taking dual credit courses at these schools. For juniors on a free or reduced lunch plan the district will pay for six credit hours per semester. If a junior is not on free lunch, the district will pay for four credit hours per semester.

The district pays for six credit hours each semester for seniors. Students who are taking automotive, cosmetology or welding courses, the district will pay for all fees and supplies associated with the courses.

When a student is enrolled in a dual credit course they are earning both college and high school credits for the course. It enables students to earn accredited college credit, which will transfer to any college in the future, before graduating from high school.

Courses offered at GRISD’s campus are taught by GRISD faculty members, who have a master’s degree and 18 college hours in the subject area they are teaching. The content the students are taught is the same as courses taught to college students. In order to qualify and enroll in dual credit courses, a student must be a junior or senior in high school and meet all of the college’s prerequisite requirements for enrollment for the college course.