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Students Taking Advantage of Dual Credit Program

Shawnee Community College along with some of the area high schools including, Vienna High School, Meridian High School, Cobden High School, and Dongola High School have seen tremendous achievements made with high school seniors graduating with dual degrees in the Dual Credit program at SCC.

Graduation is a time for celebrations in the world of education. Like other graduating classes, the Shawnee Community College Class of 2015 will celebrate the scholarly achievements of its students including the Presidents List students, Vice Presidents List students, and other numerous honors/scholarship recipients.

In addition to these outstanding academic achievements, there is a distinction that makes this years graduation apart from the rest. Seven area high school students have not only completed their requirements for high school graduation, but also have completed their Associates' degree at Shawnee Community College.

The seven area high school students that achieved this great accomplishment include the following:

  • Brenna Newman- Dongola High School, Associate of Arts Degree
  • Karlyn Furry- Cobden High School, Associate of Arts Degree
  • Daryl (DJ) Weldon- Meridian High School, Associate of Arts Degree
  • Taylor Daubert- Vienna High School, Associate of Arts Degree
  • Sabrina Hinkle- Vienna High School, Associate of Arts & Associate of Science Degrees
  • Megan McCuan- Vienna High School, Associate of Arts & Associate of Science Degrees
  • Randy Reeder- Vienna High School, Associate of Arts & Associate of Science Degrees

SCC's President, Dr. Tim Bellamey praised the students and the partnerships between these high schools. He stated, "These students are to be commended for achieving this milestone. This is a very difficult task to accomplish and requires tremendous dedication and effort. A strong dual enrollment partnership between us and our district high schools helped make this possible."

Shawnee Community College's Dual Credit Program lays the foundation for a successful transition to higher education. Dual credit is an opportunity for eligible high school juniors and seniors, who are capable of meeting an increased challenge, to earn college credit through selected high school courses. The benefits of students taking advantage of the Dual Credit Program include the following:

  • Students earn college credit.
  • Dual credit is a cost savings to students and parents. Low tuition rates (Dual credit courses are taught at the high schools by the high school instructors and are of no cost to the student).
  • Fully accredited courses that fulfill SCC's degree requirements, and are transferable to colleges and universities through the Illinois Articulation Initiative.
  • Dual Credit students have access to campus facilities, including the library, computer labs, and Student Success Center.
  • Dual Credit courses are taught at the high schools, SCC's Main Campus, and SCC's Extension Centers during regular school hours.
  • The college credit a student receives for successfully completing a dual credit course will always be part of their permanent college record.

Students and parents interested in the Dual Credit Program should contact their high school counselor to see what Dual Credit courses are offered at their high school.

For more information about Shawnee Community College's Dual Credit Program please contact Vickie Artman, Vice President of Instructional Services at 618-634-3219 or

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