LHS leads in dual credit enrollment

Terry Booker, Kilgore College Dual Credit Coordinator, provided area superintendents with an analysis for the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 semesters compared to last year.

LHS remained the highest enrollment, with 285 students enrolled in the Spring 2016 term and 309 students enrolled in Fall 2015. The campus also boasted the highest number of underclassmen enrolled in dual credit courses, as well as the highest level of total credit hours taken in each semester (1,262 credit hours in Spring 2016 and 1,430 credit hours in Fall 2015).

"(Both terms) were record numbers over previous semesters," Booker said of the overall enrollment figures, adding that he would be presenting these reports in April during the Kilgore College Board of Trustees meeting.

"The leadership of your principals and counselors is what makes this possible," he added.

Dual credit courses are college-level classes that colleges and high schools team up to offer. They are offered at a fraction of the normal cost of college tuition, and students can earn credits from high school and college.

Kilgore College's dual credit courses are $35 per semester credit hour for students in the taxing district and $70 per semester credit hour for students outside of the taxing district.

Superintendent Dr. James Wilcox said the report illustrates how the district continues to prepare Longview students for higher education, citing the high number of students taking workforce training and multiple courses.

"It's a testament to the initiative shown by our excellent faculty in steering our students towards these classes, as well as the hard work our students are putting in with this kind of course load," he said. "The numbers prove that Longview ISD is second to none in providing our students with a superior education experience to help them take the next step in their academic and career goals."

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