A partnership between Meridian Community College and local school systems allows high school students to get a head start on college.
Based on an agreement signed Thursday, students may begin earning college credits while they're still in high school.
And MCC benefits by building a relationship with students they hope will enroll there after high school.
"We only charge $25 registration fee to take a college class if you're in dual enrollment," said MCC president Dr. Scott Elliott. "And by earning college credits early, those are credits you don't have to pay for later on in your college experience. So parents really like this arrangement as well."
Elliott says there are a lot of students who are ready to start college before they graduate high school, so why hold them back?
Students interested in taking the courses may see their school counselors to find which classes are being offered in the spring 2010 semester. However, signing up for the courses and filing the appropriate paperwork must be done through MCC recruiter Laura Greenhaw, whose number is 601-484- 8632.