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Dual Credit


Dual credit courses allow students to enroll in both high school and college courses at the same time. There are opportunities to enroll in two types of courses: college transfer and career courses. Upon successful completion of those courses,
students will receive grades and credit at their high school and at RLC.

High school juniors and seniors in the Rend Lake College district have the opportunity to enroll in dual credit courses. Students in one of the 13 high schools in RLC’s district qualify for these programs.

Schools in the RLC District

  • Benton Consolidated High School
  • Christopher High School
  • Hamilton County Senior High School
  • Mt. Vernon Township High School
  • Norris City-Omaha-Enfield High School
  • Pinckneyville Community High School
  • Sesser-Valier High School
  • Thompsonville High School
  • Waltonville High School
  • Wayne City High School
  • Webber Township High School
  • Woodlawn High School
  • Zeigler-Royalton High School

What Does It Cost?

No tuition or fees are charged by RLC for regular courses held at an in-district high school. Some high school districts may charge fees or require textbook purchases. Contact a school counselor for more information.

Am I enrolling in college?

Dual credit courses result in grades and an academic transcript at RLC. Future college enrollment and financial aid eligibility will be impacted by these grades. Students may use dual credit courses at a
later date to meet college degree requirements, if applicable.

How Do I Enroll?

  1. High school officials grant permission to enroll in dual credit courses. The registration process takes place at the high school.
  2. Students must meet placement requirements and prerequisites prior to enrolling in courses.
  3. Students must adhere to the RLC drop policy; failure to drop will result in the student being awarded a failing grade. Depending on student performance, grades of A, B, C or NC will be awarded and will become part of the college transcript.
  4. For a complete listing of dual credit courses, contact RLC’s Community and Corporate Education Division.

What Classes Can I Take?

Classes are enrolling now for the Fall and Spring semesters at RLC. A number of classes are offered throughout the district, and students should check with their guidance counselors about their interests. These classes include:

 

  Agriculture
  Art
  Automotive Technology
  Biology
  Business
  Certified Nurse Assistant
  Chemistry
  Communications
  Computer-Aided Drafting
  Computer Science
  Criminal Justice

Culinary Arts
Diesel Technology
Early Childhood
Education
English
Graphic Design
Health
Health Care Terminology
History
Horticulture
Industrial Electronics
Machining

Mathematics
Music
Office Systems Technology
Physical Education
Political Science
Psychology
Sociology
Spanish
Welding
Zoology

 

Current Classes By School

BENTON CONSOLIDATED HIGH SCHOOL
IAI Transferable Courses CR SEMESTER OFFERED
ART 1101   Art Appreciation (F2 900) 3 FALL
ENGL 1101   Rhetoric & Composition I (C1 900) 3 FALL/SPRING
HIST 1101   Western Civilization I (S2 902) 3 FALL
HIST 1102   Western Civilization II (S2 903) 3 SPRING
MATH 1107   Contemporary College Math (M1-904) 3 FALL
MATH 1121   Calculus & Analytic Geo I (M1 900-1) 5 YEAR ROUND
PSYC 2101   Intro to Psychology (S6 900) 3 FALL
PSYC 2102   Child Psychology (S6 903) 3 SPRING
Transferable as General Education elective CR  
MATH 1105  Basic Concepts of Statistics 3 SPRING
MATH 1108  College Algebra 3 FALL
MATH 1109  Plane Trigonometry 3 SPRING
SPAN 1101  Elementary Spanish I 4 YEAR ROUND
SPAN 1102   Elementary Spanish II 4 YEAR ROUND
CTE Courses (AAS and certificates) CR  
BUSI 1200  Job Strategy 1 SPRING
BUSI 1202  Work Ethics 1 FALL
CAD 1201  Intro to Computer Aided Drafting 2 FALL
HECO 1202  Health Care Terminology 3 FALL
Non-Title IV Eligible Courses  CR  
CNA 1201  – Certified Nurse Assistant 7 SPRING

 

CHRISTOPHER HIGH SCHOOL
IAI Transferable Courses CR SEMESTER OFFERED
CHE 1101   General Chemistry I (P1 902L) 5 SPRING
MATH 1107   Contemporary College Math (M1-904) 3 FALL
MATH 1121   Calculus & Analytic Geo I (M1 900-1) 5 YEAR ROUND
Transferable as General Education elective CR  
MATH 1108  College Algebra 3 FALL
MATH 1109  Plane Trigonometry 3 SPRING
CTE Courses (AAS and certificates) CR  
CULA 1205   Food Sanitation 2 FALL
HECO 1202  Health Care Terminology 3 YEAR ROUND
Non-Title IV Eligible Courses    
CNA 1201  – Certified Nurse Assistant 7 YEAR ROUND

 

HAMILTON COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL
IAI Transferable Courses CR SEMESTER OFFERED
ANTH 1101   Cultural Anthropology (SI 901N) 3 FALL/SPRING
COMM 1101   Principles of Effective Speaking (C2 900) 3 FALL/SPRING
ENGL 1101   Rhetoric & Composition I (C1 900) 3 FALL/SPRING
ENGL 1102   Rhetoric & Composition II (C1 901R) 3 SPRING
HIST 2101   American History (S2 900) 3 FALL/SPRING
MATH 1107   Contemporary College Math (M1-904) 3 SPRING
MATH 1121   Calculus & Analytic Geo I (M1 900-1) 5 FALL 
MUSI 1100   Music Appreciation (F1 900) 3 FALL/SPRING
PHSC 1102   Earth Science (P1 905) 3 FALL
PSYC 2101   Intro to Psychology (S6 900) 3 FALL/SPRING
SOCI 1101   Intro to Sociology (S7 900) 3 FALL/SPRING
Transferable as General Education elective CR  
AGRI 1181  Intro to Animal Science 4 FALL
CSCI 1101   Intro to Computers 3 SPRING
MATH 1105  Basic Concepts of Statistics 3 SPRING
MATH 1108  College Algebra 3 FALL
MATH 1109  Plane Trigonometry 3 SPRING
CTE Courses (AAS and certificates) CR  
AGRI 1222 Applied Math 3 SPRING
BUSI 1200  Job Strategy 1 FALL
BUSI 1202  Work Ethics 1 SPRING
GRD 1201  Intro to Graphic Design 3 SPRING
GRD 1215  Web Page Design 3 SPRING
HORT 1201  Intro to Horticulture 3 FALL

 

MOUNT VERNON TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL
IAI Transferable Courses CR SEMESTER OFFERED
ENGL 1101   Rhetoric & Composition I (C1 900) 3 FALL
ENGL 1102   Rhetoric & Composition II (C1 901R) 3 SPRING
MATH 1121   Calculus & Analytic Geo I (M1 900-1) 5 YEAR ROUND
Transferable as General Education elective CR  
AGRI 1141  Agricultural Economics 3 YEAR ROUND
MATH 1108  College Algebra 3 FALL
MATH 1109  Plane Trigonometry 3 SPRING
SPAN 1101  Elementary Spanish I 4 FALL
SPAN 1102   Elementary Spanish II 4 SPRING
CTE Courses (AAS and certificates) CR  
BUSI 1203  Entrepreneurial Skills 4 FALL
BUSI 1204  Business Functions 5 SPRING
CULA 1207  Culinary Math 3 SPRING
HECO 1202  Health Care Terminology 3 YEAR ROUND
MACH 1201  Machining Technology I 4 YEAR ROUND
MACH 1202  Machining Technology II 4 YEAR ROUND
WELD 1270  Intro to Welding Processes 4 YEAR ROUND
WELD 1272  Structural Shielded Metal Arc Welding 4 YEAR ROUND
Non-Title IV Eligible Courses  CR  
CNA 1201  – Certified Nurse Assistant 7 YEAR ROUND

 

PINCKNEYVILLE HIGH SCHOOL
IAI Transferable Courses CR SEMESTER OFFERED
BIO 1101   College Biology (L1 900L/BIO 910) 5 SPRING
ENGL 1101   Rhetoric & Composition I (C1 900) 3 FALL
ENGL 1102   Rhetoric & Composition II (C1 901R) 3 SPRING
MATH 1121   Calculus & Analytic Geo I (M1 900-1) 5 YEAR ROUND
MUSI 1100   Music Appreciation (F1 900) 3 FALL
PSYC 2101   Intro to Psychology (S6 900) 3 FALL
PSYC 2102   Child Psychology (S6 903) 3 SPRING
SOCI 1101   Intro to Sociology (S7 900) 3 SPRING
Transferable as General Education elective CR  
MATH 1108  College Algebra 3 FALL
MATH 1109  Plane Trigonometry 3 SPRING

 

SESSER-VALIER HIGH SCHOOL
Transferable as General Education elective CR SEMESTER OFFERED
AGRI 1181  Intro to Animal Science 4 YEAR ROUND
PSYC 2106  Human Relations 3 FALL/SPRING
CTE Courses (AAS and certificates) CR  
AGRI 1221  Intro to Ag Occupations 1 FALL/SPRING

 

THOMPSONVILLE HIGH SCHOOL
IAI Transferable Courses CR SEMESTER OFFERED
ART 1101   Art Appreciation (F2 900) 3 FALL
BIO 1100   Biology for Non-Majors (L1 900L) 4 FALL
COMM 1101   Principles of Effective Speaking (C2 900) 3 SPRING
ENGL 1101   Rhetoric & Composition I (C1 900) 3 FALL
ENGL 1102   Rhetoric & Composition II (C1 901R) 3 SPRING
MUSI 1100   Music Appreciation (F1 900) 3 SPRING
PSYC 2101   Intro to Psychology (S6 900) 3 FALL
SOCI 1101   Intro to Sociology (S7 900) 3 SPRING
ZOO 1101   General Zoology (L1 902L) 4 SPRING
Transferable as General Education elective CR  
CSCI 1101   Intro to Computers 3 FALL
CSCI 1102   Comp./Bus. Applications 3 SPRING
MATH 1108  College Algebra 3 FALL
MATH 1109  Plane Trigonometry 3 SPRING
CTE Courses (AAS and certificates) CR  
HECO 1202  Health Care Terminology 3 YEAR ROUND
Non-Title IV Eligible Courses  CR  
CNA 1201  – Certified Nurse Assistant 7 YEAR ROUND

 

WALTONVILLE HIGH SCHOOL
IAI Transferable Courses CR SEMESTER OFFERED
ENGL 1101   Rhetoric & Composition I (C1 900) 3 FALL
ENGL 1102   Rhetoric & Composition II (C1 901R) 3 SPRING
MUSI 1100   Music Appreciation (F1 900) 3 SPRING
PSYC 2101   Intro to Psychology (S6 900) 3 FALL
SOCI 1101   Intro to Sociology (S7 900) 3 FALL/SPRING
Transferable as General Education elective CR  
CSCI 1101   Intro to Computers 3 FALL/SPRING
MATH 1108  College Algebra 3 FALL 
MATH 1109  Plane Trigonometry 3 SPRING
CTE Courses (AAS and certificates) CR  
AGRI 1221  Intro to Ag Occupations 1 SPRING
AGRI 1251  Intro to Ag Production 3 SPRING
BUSI 1203  Entrepreneurial Skills 4 FALL
BUSI 1204  Business Functions 5 SPRING

 

WAYNE CITY HIGH SCHOOL
IAI Transferable Courses CR SEMESTER OFFERED
COMM 1101   Principles of Effective Speaking (C2 900) 3 SPRING
ENGL 1101   Rhetoric & Composition I (C1 900) 3 FALL
ENGL 1102   Rhetoric & Composition II (C1 901R) 3 SPRING
HIST 1101   Western Civilization I (S2 902) 3 FALL
HIST 1102   Western Civilization II (S2 903) 3 SPRING
PSYC 2101   Intro to Psychology (S6 900) 3 FALL
SOCI 1101   Intro to Sociology (S7 900) 3 SPRING
Transferable as General Education elective CR  
CSCI 1102   Comp./Bus. Applications 3 SPRING
MATH 1108  College Algebra 3 FALL
MATH 1109  Plane Trigonometry 3 SPRING
CTE Courses (AAS and certificates) CR  
AGRI 1221  Intro to Ag Occupations 1 FALL
WBM 1220  Intro to HTML 3 SPRING

 

WEBBER HIGH SCHOOL
IAI Transferable Courses CR SEMESTER OFFERED
MATH 1121   Calculus & Analytic Geo I (M1 900-1) 5 FALL
MATH 2122   Calculus & Analytic Geo II (M1 -900-2) 5 SPRING
Transferable as General Education elective CR  
MATH 1108  College Algebra 3 FALL
MATH 1109  Plane Trigonometry 3 SPRING
CTE Courses (AAS and certificates) CR  
GRD 1201  Intro to Graphic Design 3 SPRING

 

WOODLAWN HIGH SCHOOL
IAI Transferable Courses CR SEMESTER OFFERED
ENGL 1101   Rhetoric & Composition I (C1 900) 3 FALL
ENGL 1102   Rhetoric & Composition II (C1 901R) 3 SPRING
MATH 1121   Calculus & Analytic Geo I (M1 900-1) 5 FALL MARKET PLACE
Transferable as General Education elective CR  
MATH 1108  College Algebra 3 FALL
MATH 1109  Plane Trigonometry 3 SPRING
SPAN 1101  Elementary Spanish I 4 FALL
SPAN 1102   Elementary Spanish II 4 SPRING
SPAN 2101  Modern Spanish I 4 SPRING
CTE Courses (AAS and certificates) CR  
BUSI 1203  Entrepreneurial Skills 4 FALL
BUSI 1204  Business Functions 5 SPRING

 

ZEIGLER-ROYALTON HIGH SCHOOL
IAI Transferable Courses CR SEMESTER OFFERED
ART 1101   Art Appreciation (F2 900) 3 FALL
ENGL 1101   Rhetoric & Composition I (C1 900) 3 FALL
ENGL 1102   Rhetoric & Composition II (C1 901R) 3 SPRING
MUSI 1100   Music Appreciation (F1 900) 3 FALL/SPRING
SOCI 1101   Intro to Sociology (S7 900) 3 SPRING
Transferable as General Education elective CR  
MATH 1108  College Algebra 3 FALL
MATH 1109  Plane Trigonometry 3 SPRING
CTE non-transfer (AAS and certificates) CR  
CAD 1201  Intro to Computer Aided Drafting 2 SPRING
HECO 1202  Health Care Terminology 3 YEAR ROUND
Non-Title IV Eligible Courses  CR  
CNA 1201  – Certified Nurse Assistant 7 YEAR ROUND

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Dual Credit?
Dual Credit: A high school/RLC partnership program where qualified students can earn college and high school credit at the same time. These classes are taught at the high school by qualified high school instructors who meet the minimum instructor requirements and utilize appropriate college curriculum.

How much do dual credit classes cost?
Although the value of a typical 3 credit hour college course is approximately $500 to much more at a private institution, the partnership between RLC and the high school allows us to offer this course FREE of charge to the dual credit students. No fees or tuition will be charged for traditional dual credit classes. (Traditional dual credit classes are taught by qualified high school instructors using college curriculum at the high school campus during regular school hours.)
How do students qualify for dual credit classes?

  • Some courses require successful completion of a placement exam administered by college staff on the high school campus or one of RLC’s campuses.
  • A student must be approved by their school counselor to participate in the program by being enrolled in a Dual Credit qualified class.
  • A student must meet the minimum qualifications for the class as required by Rend Lake College board policy 4.1445.

Will dual credits transfer to another college upon graduation?
SWIC currently holds articulation agreements with many institutions of higher learning to ensure seamless transferability of credits. However, it is a best practice to contact prospective colleges/universities to ensure that desired credits will transfer. The student will need to request a transcript be sent to their chosen college/university when they are ready to transfer their credits. The process can be done entirely online through their student portal in myRLC.

Do dual credits interfere with eligibility for scholarships/financial assistance upon transfer?
Students who have earned dual credit are treated as incoming freshmen and not as transfer students. Although RLC is not aware of exceptions to this understood practice, it is best to check with college admissions advisors and scholarship grantors regarding their policy. Students must treat dual credit classes as they would any college class. The grade of record remains on their transcript with RLC. Grades are assessed as A, B, C, or NC.

What other benefits do students get as a result of dual credit enrollment?
Dual Credit students have access to the same resources as a traditional RLC students while enrolled in a dual credit class. Dual Credit students may:

  • access the RLC library resources.
  • access FREE tutoring.
  • access RLC’s Student Services
  • request accommodations through the Disabilities Coordinator

What if I do not want to register (or want my child registered) for this class?

  • Students who do not want dual credit need not register for the credit.
  • Parents have the option to disallow their student from taking this course for college credit. Parents must either direct their student not to complete registration paperwork or contact the dual credit office prior to the 10th day after the official start date of the class in order for their student to be dropped from the course. We will provide a form to sign indicating that they do not wish for their student to earn the credit.

What is FERPA?
FERPA is the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, a federal law protecting the information students and the teacher provides to the college. All students are asked to sign a form which allows RLC staff to discuss student issues or concerns with parents/guardians in compliance with FERPA. These rights, by law, can be granted or revoked at the request of the student at any time.

Why can some high school faculty teach dual credit classes, while others cannot?
We know that each high school is staffed with excellent teachers. Different institutions have different requirements for offering dual credit. Instructors that are eligible to offer dual credit with Rend Lake College must meet the minimum instructor requirements as required for faculty who teach on all of our campuses. These guidelines are set forth by the Illinois Community College Board, the Higher Learning Commission, the Dual Credit Quality Act, and the Rend Lake College Board of Trustees.

Benefits for Students who take Dual Credit Classes

  • FREE Tuition
  • Take college level classes to earn high school and college credit simultaneously
  • Take classes in a familiar setting (your high school) with a strong support system
  • Transition efficiently from high school to college
  • Start earning credits toward stackable certifications or other pathways toward employment and career
  • Access resources available to all RLC students
  • Advisors
  • Tutoring (Success Center)
  • Student ID card
  • Access to library resources
  • Become prepared for college academically
  • Gain experience and confidence to succeed in higher education

Policies And Procedures

After dual credit courses begin, it is important to keep RLC informed of any changes in enrollment status. Students must officially drop or withdraw from the course if they are no longer attending.
 

Savings


Dual Credit is a valuable educational opportunity for high school students. During the 2016-17 academic year, approximately 3,377 students (duplicated) saved $1,110,560 in tuition by enrolling in the dual credit program. Altogether, the students earned 10,096 credit hours. Students who enrolled in both the Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 semesters were counted twice for official reports.

When combining Dual Credit classes with Dual Enrollment classes, a number of district high school students have graduated from RLC before high school! Individually; Austin Kessler of Thompsonville, Camryn Maloney of Christopher, Kenzie Rizor of
Thompsonville, and Allee Wellen of McLeansboro have saved their families a combined $10,000.

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Community & Corporate Education Division
Phone: (618) 437-5321 Ext. 1367
Email:
Address:468 N. Ken Gray Parkway, Ina, IL 62846 Attn: Community & Corporate Education
Fax Number: (618) 437-5677 Attn: Community & Corporate Education

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