Community College Getting More High School "Duals"

Knoxville (AP) -- A program that allows high school juniors and seniors to get dual credit has more of them enrolling in classes at Pellissippi State Technical Community College.

The college, located in Knoxville, enrolled 333 students ages 17 and under last fall. That's up from 131 a year earlier.

Enrollment Director Ann Touzeau at Pellissippi State says the biggest reason for the increase is funding through the dual enrollment grant from the Tennessee Lottery. Students get $600 a year, nearly enough to cover the cost of freshman English Composition.

Students who complete the course get dual credit for high school and college course requirements.

English teacher Lisa Millsaps at William Blount High School in Maryville works with students who are dually enrolled. She cautions there's a difference between being eligible for college work and ready for it.

Says Millsaps, "it's not for the faint of heart."

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