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Levy students can dual enroll in UF courses

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By Sean Arnold

The School Board of Levy County has made the County the first rural county to partner with the University of Florida for its dual enrollment program.

Dual enrollment courses allow high school juniors and seniors to take free college courses that offer credits toward a college degree while also satisfying high school credit requirements in the course subject area.

The applicants for the UF dual enrollment courses must maintain a 3.5 unweighted GPA. They must also provide a test score – SAT, PSAT or ACT – that meets requirements.

The UF courses are offered completely online.

Courses tentatively available include those ranging on subjects from American Literature, Spanish, U.S. history, art appreciation as well as calculus and trigonometry and various sciences. There are also electives available on subjects like psychology, sociology, economics and culture.

Levy County school superintendent Jeff Edison touted the agreement as the first of its kind for a small school district in Florida, and noted the program’s benefit for prospective UF students.

“The kids that go through this dual enrollment program, they have a higher chance of being accepted at the University,” Edison said. “It doesn’t guarantee anything, but those kids are more likely to be accepted (than dual enrollment students who don’t take UF dual enrollment courses).”

Eligible Levy County high school students have previously been able to take dual enrollment courses through the College of Central Florida, which is opening its new Jack Wilkinson Levy Campus in north Chiefland in August.

More more information, visit education.ufl.edu/dual-enrollment online, contact (352) 273-4155, or email recruitment@coe.ufl.edu. Students or parents can also find out more from their school guidance counselor.