(Marietta, Ga. – Sept. 7, 2016)
Chattahoochee Technical College’s Move on When Ready program has set a new record for the fall semester. Participation in the college’s Move on When Ready (MOWR) program has risen nearly 60 percent since last fall, with 1,005 students currently enrolled in both high school and college courses.
According to Chattahoochee Tech High School Coordinator Crystal Cleland, there were 624 high school students participating in the Move on When Ready program during the 2015 fall semester. This past spring semester, 696 students were dually enrolled.
Breaking down the enrollment figures, the largest number of students participating in Move on When Ready are from Cobb County, with 444 dually enrolled. Cherokee County is next in line with 256 students, followed by Paulding County with 163 students, Bartow County with 92 students and Pickens County with 27 students.
One student from Gilmer County is currently registered for Chattahoochee Tech’s Move on When Ready program and another 22 students are from outside of the college’s six-county service area.
The MOWR program provides an opportunity for students to dual enroll at a participating eligible public or private high school, or home school program in Georgia, and Chattahoochee Tech. The program, which is offered during all academic semesters, allows high school students to take coursework at CTC for credit toward both high school graduation and postsecondary requirements.
“Students who participate in Chattahoochee Tech’s Move on When Ready program enroll primarily in core courses, which allows them to transfer to other colleges,” CTC’s Director of Student Outreach and Recruitment Stephanie Meyer said. “Students, however, can take any class they are eligible for, technical or academic.”
While dual enrollment has been possible in Georgia since 2009, it is now rising in popularity due to a change in legislation last year that eliminated tuition and non-course related costs. The new regulations went into effect in July 2015; however, Chattahoochee Technical College was already one step ahead. The college’s president, Dr. Ron Newcomb, waived mandatory fees for the spring semester prior to the new legislation going into effect in an effort to eliminate the financial barrier that students were facing.
“A driving force behind the record-setting MOWR enrollment for fall semester is the fact that nearly all barriers to participate have been erased,” Meyer said. “In the past, students had to pay for books and mandatory fees. Now, a student is only responsible for course-related fees, such as calculators, welding shields, mannequin heads, etc. Another win for students participating in MOWR is that the courses taken will not count against their HOPE scholarship/grant cap. MOWR is a great way for students to get ahead on their college transcript while in high school.”