Most dual credit students take general education (English, history, and college algebra) or career and technical education (CTE) classes taught at their high school or local Kentucky technology centers in areas such as
MCC and its secondary school partners enter into dual and articulated credit agreements in career fields offered at the college. College pathways prepared by secondary schools map out curriculum for high school students and dual credit classes useful for each career pathway and college courses required to complete the pathway at MCC and beyond. Many MCC program coordinators consider success in dual credit courses when selecting students for entrance in selective admission programs at MCC.
Students are encouraged to take advantage of their dual credit by enrolling at MCC. Dual credit represents a significant savings to students and their families in money and time. To get started with dual credit, you need to complete the dual credit admission form. The MCC Registar, Tiffanie Witt, registers students for dual credit classes at their local high school or tech campus.
All students planning to attend Madisonville Community College are required to take the COMPASS test unless ACT scores exempt them. Dual credit students who do not meet minimum scores on any or all the ACT sections of English (minimum score of 18), reading (20), and/or math (22) will be required to take the COMPASS test for appropriate course placement. Most CTE classes do not require placement scores.
Beginning in the 2012-13 academic year, the Kentucky Community and Technical Colleges System dual credit students began assessing a $50 charge per student per semester. The charge is nonrefundable. Students should establish their college email accounts and pay this charge as soon as they are notified by the MCC Business Office that it is due. Classes taught by college faculty are assessed at a higher tuition rate.
As a rule students may not take more than 4 dual credit classes, or 12 credit hours in an academic year. Dual credit is limited to primarily to juniors and seniors. Freshman and sophomores may be eligible for articulated credit.
In certain circumstances, students taking courses at a local school will receive articulated credit rather than dual credit.