July 24, 2018

East Central Community College will host its first Preview Day for dual credit high school students beginning at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 2, on the campus in Decatur.

The Preview Day is designed to introduce the high school students to ECCC and college life.

Sign-in for the event will begin at 1:30 p.m. in Huff Auditorium. Following a welcome by ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart, the students will learn about the advantages of being a dual credit student at East Central, including free admission to athletics and other events, use of the college’s Wellness Center, student ID cards, college email addresses, and other benefits. There will also be information on preparing for college academics and the use of Remind101 to receive important information about college deadlines and events.

The Preview Day will conclude with an ice cream social.

Dual credit students may arrive for Preview Day as early as 11:30 a.m. to have their student ID cards made in the Student Services Office of the Smith Student Union Building. There will also be opportunities to have IDs made after the ice cream social.

ECCC has more than 400 high school students taking dual credit courses this fall at 16 high schools in its five-county district of Leake, Newton, Neshoba, Scott, and Winston counties.

Dual credit courses are taught at local high schools by teachers employed by the school district and who meet all institutional and accreditation requirements for teaching a particular course and use the same syllabus and instructional materials that are used in the respective classes taught on campus at ECCC.

Among the courses offered by ECCC include English Composition I and II, World Literature I and II, U.S. History I and II, General Biology I and II with Lab, Physical Science I and II with Lab, College Algebra, Trigonometry, and Psychology.

Students successfully completing dual credit courses can earn up to 28 academic credit hours towards the completion of an ECCC degree or for transfer to another public two-year or four-year college or university.

ECCC’s dual credit enrollment has grown substantially thanks to the implementation in fall 2017 of a pilot program allowing a tiered tuition rate for dual credit students.

Schools in ECCC’s five-county district interested in dual credit opportunities at ECCC can contact Dr. Teresa Houston, vice president for instruction, at 601-635-6203 or thouston@eccc.edu.