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GMC's Move-On-When-Ready dual enrollment growth on the rise
The number of MOWR dual enrollment students at Georgia Military College (GMC) is on the rise. The program is creating a huge benefit to Georgia high school students and parents alike. GMC is remaining true to its mission in contributing to student success by partnering with high schools to attend college courses with GMC. Dual enrollment provides the opportunity for high school students to get a jump start on their careers by taking college courses as early as ninth grade. At GMC, we have already seen students upon graduating high school, also obtain their associates degree with our institution. Last year, GMC had 1288 high school students enrolled in the state’s MOWR program and these students represented 62 of 159 Georgia counties. The college also held its first MOWR dual enrollment summit this past June; inviting nearly 50 high school principals, counselors and administrators from across the state to learn about the program. As a result, GMC is now believed to be among one of the largest MOWR dual enrollment providers in the state of Georgia.
GMC’s faculty and staff believe dual enrollment is helping students stay the course to obtaining a higher education. “Research studies published by the Community College Research Center/Teachers College, Columbia University suggest that dual enrollment contributes to a greater likelihood of students enrolling in college following high school, staying in college, and obtaining a higher college grade point average,” said Dr. Mike Holmes, GMC’s Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty. Through state funding and GMC scholarship funds, there is zero cost to the students or schools and even textbooks and materials are included. GMC offers dual enrollment courses to high school students at its campuses in Augusta, Columbus, Dublin, Eastman, Fairburn, Fayetteville, Madison, Milledgeville, Sandersville, Stone Mountain, Valdosta, Warner Robins, and Online. GMC currently has dual enrollment partnerships with approximately 90 high schools in the state.
“GMC’s large, distributed footprint of campuses means that the college is uniquely positioned to service the needs of a large number of Georgia high school students,” said Jody Yearwood, GMC’s Online Campus Executive Director. “For those students that are not within easy travel distance to a campus, GMC’s online dual enrollment partnerships offer flexible options that allows the students to do all of their college coursework from their high school location. GMC, at its core, is all about opportunity and success for the student, so providing this on-line option enables all students the opportunity to earn college credit."