Dual Enrollment

Dual Enrollment

Pennsylvania’s Dual Enrollment program allows high school students to earn high school and college credits for satisfactorily completing non-remedial college courses.  Dual enrollment programs in Pennsylvania are designed to meet the following goals:


  • Prepare high school students for postsecondary success by giving them firsthand exposure to college-level work.

  • Support students as they make the transition from high school to postsecondary education.

  • Increase students’ access to postsecondary education, especially those from underserved populations.

  • Provide at-risk students supportive, academically challenging environments where they can get a fresh start on learning.


Additionally, the need for dual enrollment programs is clear:


  • They are a proven method for increasing postsecondary participation rates among all students, particularly among underrepresented populations.

  • Approximately half of students entering college take remedial courses.  Dual enrollment programs better prepare students for the rigors of college and decrease the need for remedial courses when they get there.

  • As tuition costs have increased, lower-income students are less likely to go onto higher education.  The financial gap in postsecondary education participation is widening.  Dual enrollment programs help low-income students offset postsecondary costs and increase their ability to enter college and succeed.


Please be aware that the Jim Thorpe Area School District cooperates with the Lehigh Carbon Community College to provide dual enrollment courses for eligible students. Students who may be interested in participating the dual enrollment should contact their school guidance counselor.