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Ivy Graham

Dual Enrollment Classes Expand to Watkins Center

I vy Graham was one of the first Belton-Honea Path (B-HP) High School seniors to sign up for the dual enrollment classes being taught for the first time this fall at the College’s Senator Billy O’Dell Learning Center in the Watkins Community Center in downtown Honea Path.

Tri-County’s Pendleton Campus is a good 50-minute drive from 17-year-old Ivy’s home in Honea Path. The College’s Anderson Campus is a half-hour drive. That’s just not do-able, she said, but the eight-minute drive from B-HP to the Watkins Center made it possible for her to take English 101 and Western Civilization classes. Successful completion of these classes will give her six hours of college credit that will transfer to a college or university next year. Iv , who wants to study athletic training, will apply to the College of Charleston later this year.

The Secondary Transition Enrollment Program (STEP) is Tri-County’s brand name for the dual enrollment program that allows qualifying high school students the opportunity to gain high school and college credits at the same time by taking college-level courses in their high schools or career centers, as well as on Tri-County’s campuses or online, said Amanda Blanton, director of high school engagement and outreach at Tri-County.

STEP participants must prove they are ready for college-level work, obtain permission from their high schools, and meet certain criteria, such as passing the COMPASS placement test for English and math. Most school districts also award dual credit so the courses can count toward graduation requirements.

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