HCCF support provides local students with dual credits

Tyler Best
May 9, 2024 / 5 mins read

Since the 2012-2013 academic year, Harrison County Community Foundation (HCCF) has provided dual credit support for Harrison County high school students. From the beginning, this initiative has been a partnership between the three local school corporations and HCCF. It allows students to earn college credits while still in high school. Each school corporation employs teachers who are certified to teach some dual credit courses. HCCF provides support for additional dual credit offerings through partnerships with local accredited colleges and universities. HCCF's goal is to maximize dual credit opportunities at little to no cost for students or families, thereby eliminating financial barriers to academic success.

For the 2023-2024 academic year, HCCF has funded a total of $118,276 to support this program for use by the three Harrison County public school corporations. This funding, combined with a prior $1.3 million in dual credit support since inception, has provided thousands of Harrison County high school students with access to dual credit opportunities and helped prepare them for success in their future endeavors.

The benefits of this effort are innumerable. Dual credit courses help students better prepare for college-level coursework. They are also relieved of some financial burden associated with higher education through potential tuition savings for dual credit courses accepted by their college or university. The credits can also be a time saver. Some students graduate early, earn both a bachelor's and master's degree in four years, or pick up a minor because of credits earned prior to undergraduate studies. For first-generation college students, this program provides an invaluable opportunity to earn a degree.

“We are thrilled to support the dual credit programs at our local high schools and help provide more opportunities for Harrison County students to pursue their goals,” said Taylor Johnson, HCCF Board Chair. “We believe that every student should have the chance to reach their full potential, and we are proud to play a role in making that a reality.”

For more information about HCCF dual credit support, please contact Anna Curts, HCCF Grants Manager, at (812) 738-6668 or annac@hccfindiana.org.