Idaho educators see a growing trend in the dual credit program

TWIN FALLS , Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) More high school students are taking a head-start on their educational

The Idaho State Board of Education released an article stating, the Dual Credit Program is growing.

More than 90,000 dual credits were earned in 2017, a jumped of 158 percent since 2013, according to a recent statement from ISBOE.

Dual credit allows students to take college courses online or in high school, and early college educators from the College of Southern Idaho said their enrollment in the program has increase.

"Since the Idaho legislature funded that Advanced Opportunity Program we see a lot of students taking advantage of it," said Early College Senior Coordinator Jarred Aslett."

Aslett said in the 2017-2018 school year they had about 6,000 students participate in the dual crefit program.

"The Advanced Opportunity Program is available to every student, starting in the seventh grade through twelfth grade. It's $4,125, a majority of that money we're seeing its used for dual credit," Aslett said.

Aslett explained, how some high school seniors can receive an associates degree at the same time they complete their high school education.

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