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High-school students earn college credit without losing time or future aid

(Summerville, GA) – WRCB (NBC) Channel 3 Eyewitness News reporter David Carroll and videographer Tim McCurry visited Chattooga High School Tuesday to cover the latest on the state of Georgia’s Dual Enrollment program. Through this program, Chattooga works with Georgia Northwestern Technical College in helping high school seniors earn college credit before they ever leave the halls of Indian Country.

Chattooga High School students enrolled in Dual Enrollment through Georgia Northwestern can currently earn college credit, at the same time as they earn high school credit, in Literature/Composition 1101 and 1102, Humanities 1101, and American Literature. “Thanks to funding and support of everyone from the state, to Georgia Northwestern Technical College, and especially these special students, we’ve been able to bring college credit to our students before they ever graduate high school,” said McKeehan. “And, it doesn’t cost the student a dime. It’s free college credit and it doesn’t even count against your HOPE Scholarship hours.”

In 2014-15, the Summerville, Georgia high school will also add World Civilization I and II, College Algebra, and Statistics. The HOPE Scholarship program allows for funding for 127 credit hours with State of Georgia colleges and universities. “This year, our students can earn 12 college credit hours from our campus,” said McKeehan. “And, when they enter the state college of their choice, they will still have their full funding from the HOPE program.”

Georgia Northwestern Technical College serves Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Murray, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties in Georgia with campuses located in Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties. Approximately 16,000 people benefit from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs, making it the largest college in Northwest Georgia and the fifth largest technical college in Georgia.