Liberty High School will host a dual enrollment program for all juniors and seniors in the School District of Pickens County beginning next school year. The district's dual enrollment program is an ongoing partnership with Tri-County Technical College which allows students to earn college credits while still in high school.
"I'm greatly looking forward to the opportunities this will open up both for our students here at Liberty High and for students at the district's other high schools," said Josh Oxendine, Liberty High School principal. "Tri-County has worked with us to schedule dual enrollment courses at times during the day that will give students great opportunities to take advantage of Advanced Placement and other course offerings within our school."
"We've had a great relationship with Liberty High for years," said Amanda Blanton, Director of High School Engagement and Outreach. "The counselors at LHS have been great to work with, and Mr. Oxendine has been a champion of the dual-enrollment concept. The central location, the counseling staff and the principal are all going to make this an awesome opportunity for students."
The program is open to students at all four of SDPC's high schools: Daniel High School, Easley High School, LHS, and Pickens High School. Students in the dual-enrollment program will also have the option to take some elective courses offered at LHS, while remaining enrolled at their home high schools. Students interested in participating in dual enrollment should contact their school's guidance counselor.
"What's amazing about this program is that it eliminates the financial and transportation barriers that keep many students from being able to participate in dual enrollment," Oxendine said. "Every high school student in the district will be able to ride the bus, eat in our cafeteria, and take advantage of college-level courses on our campus during the traditional school day."
The fall semester courses being offered are:
- American Government (PSC 201)
- Probability and Statistics (MAT 120)
- English Composition 1 (ENG 101, two sections)
- Art Appreciation (ART 101)
The spring semester courses offered are:
- Macroeconomics (ECO 201)
- History of Western Civilization Post-1689 (HIS 102)
- Biology (Bio 101)
- English Composition II (ENG 102, two sections)
- General Psychology (PSY 201)
TCTC will continue offering dual-enrollment courses at its campuses in Pendleton and Easley as well. The courses will each be taught by a qualified TCTC faculty member who meets all appropriate accreditation criteria for postsecondary instruction.