Springfield- State Senator Chuck Weaver (R-Peoria) advanced legislation aimed at promoting awareness of the importance of the valuable educational opportunities afforded by dual credit programs.
“A student’s education is the foundation upon which they will build their professional career,” said State Senator Chuck Weaver (R-Peoria). “Dual credit programs allow students to save money while getting a head start on their college education.”
Senate Resolution 1411 establishes March 18 – 24 as Dual Credit Week in Illinois. The goal is to promote both the dual credit programs and to build interest among parents and students to encourage participation.
Dual credit programs allow high school students to earn college credits, which typically leads to substantial savings on college tuition later. Senator Weaver noted that the challenge of college courses also helps develop a globally competitive workforce.
During Fiscal Year 2016, there were a total of 54,871 high school students enrolled in one or more Illinois community colleges, which represents continued growth in the programs.
The senate resolution states in part that, “the Senate encourages four-year-colleges and community colleges to visit high schools and take action to help students register in dual credit courses.”
“I encourage parents and students to seriously consider dual credit programs,” said Senator Weaver. “Students today are facing the most competitive job market that we’ve ever seen. Dual credit programs represent a great way to get a head start on your college education and enhance your future career prospects.”