Dual enrollment programs across the State of Florida get a boost from the Florida Department of Education. One hundred thousand dollars will go to a Florida College System Dual Enrollment Tool Kit Grant.
While the money will not go directly to a college in Northwest Florida, it will be used to develop a state-wide online resource. Dr. Cheryl Flax-Hyman, Associate VP of Student Affairs at Gulf Coast State College, says this will be very beneficial to the Florida College System.
"Everyone will have access to this website. We can take the different resources use them in courses or as part of recruitment, retention strategies and we learn from one another. It's a very strong state college system," says Dr. Flax-Hyman.
A one hundred thousand dollar will be given to the College of Central Florida to develop a Florida Dual Enrollment Springboard. The purpose of the grant is to promote high school and college collaboration and training to help students succeed at a college level. The Springboard will include a comprehensive website, professional development tutorials and resources, as well as a student success preparation kit.
"What we try to provide at the high school level is the core curriculum. English math science social studies social science and some core electives so they are closer to completing their AA degree when they graduate from high school and we have had some graduate with their AA degree," says Suzanne Farrar, an instructional specialist for Bay District Schools.
The Springboard is expected to be available later this year.