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March 06, 2013

High School Guidance Counselors Visit RPCC


40 counselors from Ascension, Assumption, St. James and St. John Parishes joined the River Parishes Community College faculty and staff to learn about the opportunities the college offers students while in and after high school. 

One such opportunity is the dual enrollment program.  Dual enrollment is a program that allows students to potentially earn a year of college credit while still enrolled in high school.  The programs vary by parish.

The counselors took a tour of the RPCC-TEC campus, learned about the programs and discussed the ways that RPCC can better help the high school counselors address student needs.  The tour came two weeks after 31 high school faculty members from Ascension and Assumption Parishes joined RPCC faculty members to align their curricula for the dual enrollment courses.  The purpose of the curricula alignment was to ensure that the educational requirements of both the participating high schools and of RPCC were met by the same course.

The number of students taking advantage of the dual enrollment program has increased dramatically thanks to the collaborative efforts of both the school boards and the college.  RPCC had over 1,600 dual enrolled students in the fall 2012 semester, which represents an increase of approximately 1,100 dual enrolled students from the previous year.

RPCC expects this number to continue to grow as its Early College programs develop.  The Early College program allows students to begin earning college credit as early as freshman year of high school.  Students who participate in this program can potentially earn a two-year transfer Associate degree at the same time they receive their high school diplomas.  


River Parishes Community College focuses on building the workforce of today and tomorrow by providing specific skills training and transferrable courses and curricula leading to certification and associate degrees. RPCC works closely with its communities to provide programs for personal, professional, and academic growth. For more information, please visit www.rpcc.edu or call (225) 743-8500.