“Thanks to the wonderful concurrent program BRTC offers, I completed 29 college credit hours during my Pocahontas High School career. Being in the program was a great experience and helped me transition to college and its expectations. Because the college classes were held at high school, I was surrounded by students I knew. This atmosphere allowed me to remain in an environment where I was comfortable and to learn the material I would learn in an actual college class. When I stepped into my first class on the BRTC campus, I felt a sense of peace because it seemed I had already been in the college atmosphere before. Every concurrent class I took would transfer to any college I was considering attending.”
What is Concurrent Enrollment?
A Concurrent Enrollment class is a college level class from Black River Technical College which students take at their high school. Concurrent Enrollment students earn college and high school credit at the same time. They register for classes at both the high school and at Black River Technical College and their credit is recorded on a permanent college transcript as well as their high school transcript.
Why Take Concurrent Enrollment?
- Students get a head start on college courses
- Shortens the time necessary to earn a college degree – duplication of classes in high school and college is reduced
- Students develop study habits and critical thinking skills essential to college success
- Concurrent courses facilitate transition from high school to college
- Parents and students save money
- Undecided students can determine if college is right for them
Who is Eligible for Concurrent Enrollment?
- Any high school student who has completed the 8th grade, and is
- Enrolled in an Arkansas public school, and is
- Recommended by his or her high school principal, superintendent, or counselor, may enroll in college courses when the combined enrollments do not exceed a normal academic load.
The Arkansas Course Transfer System (ACTS) contains information about the transferability of courses within Arkansas public colleges and universities. Students are guaranteed the transfer of applicable credits and equitable treatment in the application of credits for admissions and degree requirements. Students may complete specified General Education courses anywhere in the public system as well as many courses in the degree/major that have been pre-identified for transfer. This system is designed to assist in planning from the high school level through the adult workforce.