Students at Dover High School and Regional Career Technical Center in Dover, New Hampshire are getting on the concurrent enrollment train! Founded in 1851, Dover High School and Regional Career Technical Center serves the city of Dover as well as the towns of Barrington and Nottingham. Dover High School has approximately 1,400 full-time students.
The school was ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top high schools in the nation. Dover Career and Technical Center has been offering concurrent enrollment courses for several years. This past year, the school aligned three of its programs with Great Bay Community College’s certificate and associate degree programs.
Dover High School offers 27 concurrent enrollment courses through the state's Running Start program, with an average of 110 students enrolling each year in these courses.
Delilah Smith, Ed.D., Career Services Coordinator and Career and Technical Education Liaison, said, “Students at Dover High School just got a new track of a 2-year business program with course offerings that is aligned with Great Bay Community College courses. This is the first year the courses are being offered. The classes can be used towards getting an associate’s degree in business.”
The computer networking and computer programming concurrent enrollment programs are tied with an industry-standard Information Technology and software development certificates. Each of those programs are tied to 12 college credits at Great Bay Community College.
Dover also offers courses in English and Applied Mathematics that align with an associate’s degree in business, so students can get a total of 19 credits towards an associate’s degree. “We have a pre-engineering three-year program that is tied to 15 college credits that are transferable,” said Smith.
Most of the concurrent enrollment courses are provided by Great Bay Community College, though Dover partners with five additional colleges for specific courses. Dover offers primarily transcripted concurrent enrollment courses so that students can transfer them to other colleges when they graduate high school. Two areas where courses are offered instead via an articulated credit model are cosmetology and fire sciences. If students continue in these programs at the partnering college, they can retroactively receive credit for the high school courses so they don’t have to take the course again in college.
“We also partner with a number of schools that are out of state when there is not a school locally that can accommodate the particular classes, such as auto mechanics. We will look to see where the majority of these students go.” explained Smith.
In New Hampshire, students pay a reduced rate of $150 for each three credit hour Running Start course they take through concurrent enrollment. While there is no state funding for Running Start, the Community College System of New Hampshire has partial scholarships of $75 for students who can demonstrate financial need.
Students stay on the high school campus to take the courses and the courses are taught by high school teachers who have had extra training to properly teach the courses.
“Before the courses are set up, the colleges share their syllabus and we mirror their syllabi as best as we can. Then, if the courses are approved, our teachers are given a mentor, which many times is the chair of the department. They come to the high school and they observe and provide support for the teachers if it is needed,” Smith said.
For more information about Dover High School’s concurrent enrollment program, visit their website.