Parents and Guardians
OTC Dual Credit is the most inexpensive option in the area and transfers well to other colleges! Do you have an eligible high school student interested in earning college credit while still in high school? Many students are academically ready for college level courses, while some may find the rigor of college courses overwhelming. Explore the information below and within the right-hand menu to learn more about the benefits of enrolling your child in OTC Dual Credit!
School Partnerships and Dual Credit Options
OTC Dual Credit offers two learning formats: seated and online.
Seated courses mean in-person instruction. Many area high schools offer in-person, seated dual credit classes at the high school. The in-person, seated option refers to students receiving instruction in person, from an approved high school instructor, at their high school.
Online courses mean remote instruction. Many area high schools also offer the option for online courses. The remote, online option refers to coursework provided entirely online, with an OTC instructor, in a computer lab at the high school. For more information about the online option, visit the Important Online Dual Credit Information and the online class list within the dual credit admission steps and checklist.
Contact the high school for course format and subject options with OTC Dual Credit. Homeschool families are welcome to pursue the online option, without contacting a high school.
Expectations and Policies
Students enrolled in dual credit are college students. The expectations outlined below assist students with how to navigate college before high school graduation!
In college, FERPA states educational rights are limited solely to the student, no matter the student’s age. Meaning, we cannot disclose student information to parents, even when students are minors. Students are encouraged to contact OTC directly.
Therefore, OTC expects dual credit students to act like college students, perform at the college level, and be responsible for their own education. The college-level expectations include regular attendance, active class participation, meeting class objectives and deadlines, and seeking academic help through the resources like the tutoring center. Additionally, students are encouraged to use and respond to their myOTC portal email, especially to contact their course instructor directly when a concern or questions relevant to class arises.
Students in online dual credit class(es) participate in coursework with other post-secondary college students. Students who are unable to actively participate in online class(es), are withdrawn from class(es) for non-participation. Online dual credit students follow OTC’s Academic Calendar; meaning, when a student’s high school is not in session, OTC assignments are still due before the deadline. For more information, visit the important online dual credit link.
Accreditation and Transferring Credits
OTC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. OTC participates in the CORE 42 Transfer Guarantee program. Most courses offered through OTC Dual Credit transfer to other public institutions in the state. The few courses that are not CORE 42, are noted in the class list within the admission steps. Math courses with a CORE 42 prerequisite (MTH 131 & MTH 140) will satisfy the math general education credit portion of CORE 42, but may not directly transfer to all four-year universities like other CORE 42 courses. Non-CORE 42 courses still have transfer agreements with other colleges and universities. Students are responsible for consulting with other college institutions about transfer policies. For more about these topics, visit documents and links.
Tuition and Payment
Remember, OTC Dual Credit is the most inexpensive option in the area and credits transfer well to other colleges!
Tuition for OTC Dual Credit is $35 per credit hour. If a student enrolls in an online class, an added $65 per online class fee occurs.
Most course offerings are 3 credits. Meaning, most seated courses at the high school cost $105 and most online courses with remote instruction cost $170. Some courses with more credits will cost more than the three credit hour course examples provided.
Contact your high school to determine if tuition and fees are paid by the district.
Payment in full must occur after billing posts and before the payment deadline, or students will be dropped from their class(es) for non-payment. Disenrollment in college courses may also affect high school credits needed for high school graduation.
Contact the high school to determine if course materials are provided or paid by the district.
For seated courses, with an approved high school instructor, please contact the course instructor at the high school.
For online courses, with an OTC instructor, students can find course materials information within the enrolled student’s myOTC account after enrollment or in the course syllabus just before school starts.
How to Enroll – Add and Drop Classes
Students enroll in class(es) through the dual credit admission checklist. Please ensure information provided is clear and accurate.
We hope students are successful; However, if a student is considering dropping, we highly recommend the review of the drop deadline and refund schedule for 16 week courses, before a discussion with the high school or homeschool regarding how college disenrollment impacts high school credits and graduation. If it is decided that dropping class(es) is best, complete the fillable registration form provided in section four with “drop” in the first column and only include the class(es) to drop. Then, either scan or take a clear picture and email the form to email@example.com.