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Dual Credit Courses

LSCPA partners with school districts, charter schools, private schools, and home school parents to offer academic and technical courses via dual credit. Depending on the agreement, courses are offered at the student’s high school, on the Lamar State College Port Arthur campus, and/or online.

Dual Credit provides an opportunity for high school students to earn high school credit and college credit simultaneously. The courses are applied towards both high school graduation requirements and the completion of a certificate or associate degree at Lamar State College Port Arthur.

Students who take dual credit courses in high school make the transition from high school to college easier than students who do not. Through dual credit, students experience the rigors and demands of college level coursework with the additional support of their parents, school counselors, and school administrators. Dual credit allows students to try on the role of college student in a low risk situation.

Students who participate in dual credit courses in high school graduate with degrees earlier than students who do not participate in dual credit. A high school student who completes just 15 credit hours (or two classes in the fall and three classes in the spring of the senior year) via dual credit has completed on semester of college level coursework. By completing coursework early, dual credit students move on to their future goals quicker.

When high school students take career and technical education dual credit courses, they gain the skills employers desire and learn about anticipated careers. Students learn the requirements of a career, the workplace environment, and if the career suits them. Students also begin the process of professionalization toward the career. Students begin to see themselves as professionals in their chosen field of study.

Texas Education Code, §§29.182, 29.184, 61.027, 61.076(J), 130.001(b)(3) - (4), 130.008, 130.090, and 135.06(d) provide the Board with the authority to regulate dual credit partnerships between public two-year associate degree-granting institution and public universities with secondary schools.

Questions?
If you have questions about dual credit courses, contact the Director of Dual Credit Programs, Hilda Billups, at 409-984-6102 or billupshm@lamarpa.edu

Current Dual Enrollment Agreements

  1. Bob Hope Charter School (BHHS)
  2. Nederland Independent School District (NISD)
  3. Port Neches Groves Independent School District (PNGISD)
  4. Port Arthur Independent School District (PAISD)
  5. Tekoa Academy of Accelerated Studies STEM School (TA)