Marchman Technical College (MTC) offers career dual enrollment college courses to students enrolled in Pasco County Schools.
The dual enrollment program is an excellent opportunity for your student to take rigorous coursework, preparing your son/daughter for college, career and life, while accelerating his/her educational opportunities. Students are simultaneously enrolled in both high school and college earning credits towards both high school graduation and post-secondary school.
Students who successfully complete dual enrollment courses at MTC will save time toward their adult program and save money with free tuition and textbooks. However, it is important you and your son/daughter understand how dual enrollment courses directly impact your student’s permanent academic record. The following explains how dual enrollment courses impact a student’s high school and college GPA.
Dual Enrollment Programs
- Commercial Arts
- Commercial Foods & Culinary Arts
- Computer Systems & Information Technology
- Digital Cinema Production
Advantages to Dual Enrollment
- Advanced rigorous curriculum relevant to post-secondary interests
- Students earn high school credits toward graduation
- Weighted overall high school GPA
- Credit earned toward post-secondary technical program
- Credits can articulate into college credit at PHSC – Industrial Management AS
- College GPA will become a part of students permanent college transcript
High School GPA
Pasco County Schools weights dual enrollment courses the same as Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and Advanced International Certificate of Education courses when grade point averages are calculated. Pursuant to the Pasco County Schools Student Progression Plan, Dual Enrollment courses receive quality points as follows:
A = 5 B = 4 C = 3 D = 2 F = 0
Dual enrollment courses become a part of a student’s permanent college transcript and are calculated into the student’s permanent college GPA. Poor performance as a dual enrollment student can ultimately impact one’s post-secondary career, including acceptance to a state university, academic standing, and financial aid eligibility. It is important for students to do well in these courses to realize all the benefits of dual enrollment.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that affords parents the right to have access to their children’s education records, the right to seek to have the records amended, and the right to have some control over the disclosure of personally identifiable information from the education records. When a student turns 18 years old, or enters a post-secondary institution at any age, the rights under FERPA transfer from the parents to the student (“eligible student”). The FERPA statute is found at 20 U.S.C. § 1232g and the FERPA regulations are found at 34 CFR Part 99.
FERPA protects students’ academic information from being released without written consent. Therefore, even students that are under eighteen years old must complete a FERPA Release in order for MTC staff to share information with parents, guardians and/or outside agencies.
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to Nicole Graziano 727-774-1718, School Counselor or Kim Dunn 727-774-1703, Career Specialist. We are happy to answer any questions you may have regarding any issue concerning your student’s enrollment at MTC.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is High School Career Dual Enrollment?
High School Career Dual Enrollment is an option for high school students to enroll in MTC post-secondary courses creditable toward both high school graduation and a career and technical program certificate.
Will my student be able to complete his or her program in high school?
Only Computer Systems and Information Technology can be completed as a high school student in two years; others will require a student to complete after graduation as an adult student.
What are the expectations to maintain High School Career Dual Enrollment?
A student maintains a minimum 2.0 unweighted grade point average at the current high school as well as a 2.0 unweighted GPA in their technical program.
A student complies with the Attendance Policy, the Student Code of Conduct Handbook, and specific program requirements while enrolled in an MTC technical program.
What are Technical Program completion requirements for High School Career Dual Enrollment?
Technical Program completion requirements are met to receive a program technical certificate when:
- A student has completed the clock hours for the program and passed all coursework within the MTC technical program with a C or better
- A student has met the State of Florida Department of Education mandated TABE exit scores or if applicable, the appropriate industry certificate or state licensure is passed.
Do High School Career Dual Enrolled students earn high school credit?
Yes. Students have the opportunity to earn (3) credits per year. These credits apply toward graduation requirements.
Are there any fees for High School Career Dual Enrolled students?
Students are required to follow MTC’s dress code policy, which is program specific and will require the purchase of a uniform and ID. Pasco County School high school students are provided tuition and textbooks free of charge. Some programs may require tools or supplies not covered by the School District
Can students earn college credit?
Some programs allow the student to articulate college credit at Pasco Hernando State College and other colleges. For more information, see the MTC School Counselor or Career Specialist.
Are uniforms required in all programs?
Yes. Students are required to wear a uniform particular to their individual program.
Are ID’s required in all programs?
Yes. The student ID must be displayed at all times and is used to clock in and out daily.
Is transportation available?
Yes. Limited school bus transportation is provided to and from the high schools. Students may also drive their own vehicles.
Is there an attendance policy?
In accordance with Florida Statute 1003.24, a child’s attendance in school is the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian. Absences cause students to miss significant instruction and learning opportunities. Non-attendance places the student in jeopardy of consequences per the Student Code of Conduct. Failure to comply may result in dismissal from the program.
What certificates do students receive?
Technical Program Certificates are awarded to students who have successfully completed all of the requirements of the program in which they have enrolled, which include meeting state mandated TABE exit scores. In addition, Pasco County Public Schools provide an opportunity for state licensure or industry certification. Please see the MTC School Counselor or Career Specialist for specific program information.
What happens if the Technical Program is not completed prior to high school graduation?
A student who does not complete his/her program during high school may return as an adult student and complete the program. Once enrolled as an adult, all enrollment/financial criteria will apply.
What is the TABE?
TABE stands for Test of Adult Basic Education. It is a state- regulated assessment of basic skills in Math, Reading, and Language. High School students must take the TABE at Marchman Technical College campus, free of charge prior to or within the first six weeks of school. All students entering a program of study must sit for the required level TABE. Prior to testing, students with an active 504 Plan or IEP should disclose this information to the MTC Teacher of Varying Exceptionalities in order to request special accommodations if needed. Contact your current high school ESE Specialist for further assistance or the MTC Teacher of Varying Exceptionalities.