Dual Credit/KEC

What is the Advantage of Dual Credit?

Dual Credit is a program that allows qualified high school students the opportunity to enroll in college-level course for which they receive both college credit and high school credit upon successful completion of the course.

There are two options for Dual Credit: participation in the Kishwaukee Education Consortium (KEC) for courses that are occupational and may not require preparation beyond a two-year Associates of Applied Science degree to enter the workforce, and general academic coursework that may be transferable to a four-year university (students should check with the university to which they plan to transfer for course compatibility). Dual Credit opportunities are only available at selected high schools.  Check with your high school counselor for availability.  Consult the Kishwaukee College Catalog for specific information about coursework taken at the College.

What is the Kishwaukee Education Consortium (KEC)?
To participate in the KEC program, a student must be enrolled in a Kishwaukee Education Consortium (KEC) high school and be participating in a KEC sponsored course.

Students enrolling in KEC Dual Credit courses must have a high school minimum GPA of 2.5 and display sufficient emotional maturity and study habits to benefit from the program. As a general rule, KEC Dual Credit courses will be offered only for students 16 years old and in the 11th grade and beyond.

Who Qualifies?

Any high school student may participate with written approval from their high school principal or counselor. KEC students have minimum qualifications. (See above). Students under the age of 16 must have special administrative approval from Kishwaukee College.

What Classes are Available?

Students interested in KEC should talk with their high school guidance counselor during their sophomore year to discuss available programs.

Students interested in academic coursework should talk with their high school guidance counselor or contact Mary Rudzinski, Coordinator of Dual Credit Programs at Kishwaukee College at 815-825-2086, ext 3470 or at mary.rudzinski@kishwaukeecollege.edu.

The dual credit academic courses currently available by high school:

  • Oregon High School: Welding Tech 116 & 218
  • Paw Paw High School: English 103 & 104; Math 155
  • Rochelle High School: Chemistry 110 & 111; English 103, Spanish 201 & 202
  • Sycamore High School: English 103 & 104

How do I apply?

A representative from Kishwaukee College will come to your dual credit high school class to register all qualified students (those students who meet the prerequisites). For some classes students will have to take the COMPASS test (placement test) given either at their high school or in the Learning Skills center at Kishwaukee College. Other students may meet the prerequisite with a qualifying ACT score.

Forms to be completed at the time of registration:

Contact information

Mary Rudzinski
Dual Credit Coordinator
815-825-2086, ext 3470

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