Southern Union gives students a head start in careers


Special to the
Opelika Observer

Parents are invited to attend information sessions on the dual enrollment program at Southern Union State Community College’s Valley and Opelika locations April 15 and 16.
The dual-enrollment program allows students to take college courses while still enrolled in high school. By participating in this program, high school students earn credit for a college class on both their high school and college transcripts. Dual-enrollment programs differ from advanced placement programs in that students take college courses rather than high school courses with college-level content.
“Dual Enrollment provides opportunities for students who want to get started in their careers earlier by working towards a degree or certificate in certain fields or for those students who want to get a jump on academic transfer courses while saving money,” said SUSCC dual-enrollment liaison Eddie Pigg. “It is a wonderful opportunity for area students.”
To enroll in a dual enrollment course, students must be in the grades 10 through 12, and have a minimum cumulative (unweighted) high school grade point average of 2.5. Students who take part in dual enrollment classes have a seamless transition into college or a career.
There is opportunity for financial assistance for students who dual enroll in technical education and health sciences courses. The Alabama Legislature approved funds for the Alabama Future Workforce Initiative which are allocated to assist secondary career and technical education students earn postsecondary credits while still in high school.
Valley’s information session will take place in room 101 of the Carmichael Building at 6:30 p.m. EST and in Opelika in the Southern Room at 6:30 p.m. CST.
A $500 scholarship will be given away at each meeting. Parent’s attendance at the meeting qualifies their student to enter the drawing. For more information, contact Pigg at 334-745-6437 or


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