Dual Enrollment

Dual Enrollment Information

Dual Enrollment is a program that allows a high school student to enroll in college level courses for which dual credit (both college and high school credit) is earned on the student's secondary and postsecondary academic record. The credits that students earn will be applicable toward high school graduation and acceptable toward a college degree or technical certificate. This opportunity allows students to accelerate their college career while saving time and money. Dual enrollment courses are taught in two formats: by SOWELA instructors in an online environment or by SACSCOC credentialed teachers in face-to-face classes at participating high schools or SOWELA instructional sites.

It is vital to understand that a high school student registrant is expected to adhere to all college, course, and instructor requirements. The program is designed for students who are serious about their education, want to earn a college degree or a technical certificate, and desire to get an early start on completing their college education.

Step 1: Complete a SOWELA online visiting student admissions application (opens new window).

Special Notes for Completing the Online Admissions Application:

  • Click "Sign Up" (under "Don't have an account yet?") using a unique email address. Fill out the personal information and account email/username and password boxes. Please do not use high school-issued email addresses to avoid verification issues.
  • Once your email address is verified, please sign into your admissions application account and select the appropriate upcoming term. Hit Apply Now to begin the online admissions application.
  • Please be sure to select "currently enrolled in high school" and "yes" to “Will you still be in high school when starting classes?” to be coded as a high school Dual Enrollment eligible student.
  • All dual enrollment students must select Non-Degree as their upcoming Major. Please choose the campus you will be attending. If you will be attending online courses only or courses taught on your high school campus, please select Main Campus.

Step 2: Complete the Dual Enrollment Course Request Form

  • See your high school counselor or email dualenrollment@sowela.edu to request a Dual Enrollment Course Request Form.
  • Complete the Dual Enrollment Course Request Form every term you wish to be enrolled. While a student only needs to apply for enrollment online once, students must submit a Dual Enrollment Course Request Form for each term/semester of enrollment.
  • Student and Parent/Custodian/Guardian Instructions: Complete Section I with a parent/custodian/guardian. After filling out student information, student and parent/custodian/guardian must print, sign, and date at the end of Section I.
  • High School Principal or Counselor instructions: Complete Section II of the Dual Enrollment Course Request Form. List courses needed by the high school student to complete graduation requirements. Your signature verifies that the courses listed will be applied to fulfill the student's graduation requirements and authorizes SOWELA to enroll the student in the listed courses.
  • Please scan and email the Dual Enrollment Course Request Form, high school transcript, and ACT/ACCUPLACER Next Generation scores as a PDF document to dualenrollment@sowela.edu.

General Admission and Participation Requirements

  • All students must be enrolled at a participating (as evidenced by a current CEA) public or private high school within one of the parishes/districts served by SOWELA or a BESE-approved home study program. Unless enrolled in a career or technical education (CTE) course taught by high school faculty, all dual enrollment students should be in their junior or senior year.
  • High school juniors must be at least 16 years old by September 30th of their junior year. High school seniors must be at least 17 years old, and no more than 18 years old, by September 30th of their senior year.
  • Students must have permission from a designee from their high school and their parent/ guardian to participate in Dual Enrollment. Parents may act as the designee for BESE-approved home study programs.
  • Students must submit a high school transcript with a calculated GPA based on a 4.00 grading system.
  • Students must be enrolled in college courses for which dual credit (both college and high school credit) is attempted and recorded on both the student's secondary and postsecondary academic records.
  • Students enrolled in courses with school board credentialed instructors that meet at any SOWELA instructional site must also satisfy the following requirements:
    • Students must have no more than three disciplinary actions during their last school year noted in their high school records.
    • Students must have no more than ten (10) unexcused absences during their last school year noted in their high school records.
  • All juniors and seniors participating in dual enrollment may enroll in a maximum of eight (8) credit hours per semester.
  • All dual enrollment students have a registrar's hold placed on their student accounts to prevent unauthorized registration, schedule changes, or withdrawals. All requests for registration and/or schedule changes must be submitted to the Dual Enrollment Coordinator for processing by the Registrar's Office. Additionally, course withdrawals require permission from the student's home high school and the College.
  • All senior dual enrollment students must complete all core requirements needed for high school graduation prior to the spring semester of their senior year, unless the core requirement is being fulfilled at the parish/district school or a BESE-approved home study program.
  • To remain a participant in the Dual Enrollment program, students must earn a grade of “C” or better in all courses taken for college credit.

Additional Requirements for the Technical Courses

  • Students must meet all eligibility requirements that may be imposed by their home school district including, but not limited to, minimum scores on the ASPIRE, Pre-ACT, ACT, or WorkKeys Tests. Only ACT and Next Generation ACCUPLACER scores can be used to satisfy prerequisite or test score requirements for course entry.
  • Students must meet course-specific prerequisites including, but not limited to, appropriate scores on either the ACT or Next-Generation ACCUPLACER exam.
  • SOWELA follows ACT recommendations that the ASPIRE and Pre-ACT scores do not replace the ACT. If a student has taken the ACT, the ACT score must be used as the placement measure.

Additional Requirements for General Education and Other Courses on the Board of Regents Matrix

  • Students must have and maintain a high school grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.00 system.
  • Students must have an ACT composite score of at least 19.
  • SOWELA has moved to a corequisite model of instruction for developmental coursework. According to the Louisiana Board of Regents, a senior high school student may need developmental coursework in one content area only (English or Math). If one of the corequisite model courses is needed by a senior dual enrollment student, the course must be successfully completed with a “C” or better prior to the spring semester of that student's senior year. Students may not take both a corequisite MATH and a corequisite English in the same semester. The following guidelines are used to determine possible placement.
    • To enroll in MATH 1100 College Algebra, students must have an ACT Math subscore of at least 20.
    • To enroll in MATH 1000 Algebra for College Students, students must have an ACT Math subscore of at least 19.
    • To enroll in MATH 1106 College Algebra (6 credit hour format) or MATH 1006 Algebra for College Students (6 credit hour format), students must have an ACT Math subscore of at least 17.
    • To enroll in ENGL 1010 English Composition 1, students must have an ACT English subscore of at least 18.
    • To enroll in ENGL 1014 English Composition 1 (4 credit hour format), students must have an ACT English subscore of at least 17.
  • Students must meet course-specific prerequisites including, but not limited to, appropriate scores on either the ACT or Next-Generation ACCUPLACER exam.

High school students enrolled in courses taught by a credentialed high school instructor are assessed tuition at $50 per credit hour.

High school students enrolled in courses taught by SOWELA instructors are assessed tuition and fees for at full price. As an example, a student enrolled in a 3-credit hour face-to-face course taught by a SOWELA instructor can expect to be assessed $566.88. A complete tuition and fee chart can be found on our Student Accounts page.

For certain courses, other fees may be applicable such as lab fees, online registration fee, online access codes, and textbooks or other materials.

Billing practices vary from school district to school district. Please always contact your child's school district for accurate information on parent/student financial responsibility.

STEPS/STAIRS

High school seniors enroll in full-time, face-to-face college-level courses on the Lake Charles campus, earning credit on their high school and college transcripts.

For more information, visit our STEPS/STAIRS page.

Early Admissions

High school students enroll in college-level courses that only appear on their college transcripts.

For more information, visit our Early Admissions page.

Dual Enrollment Opportunities for Homeschool Students

High school students in a Louisiana State-approved home study program enroll in college-level courses for which credit is earned on the student's high school and college transcripts.

For more information, visit our Homeschool Opportunities page.

Calcasieu Parish School Board Virtual Instruction Program (CPSB VIP)

Calcasieu Parish high school students enroll in college-level virtual courses taught by SOWELA-credentialed CPSB instructors to earn credit on their high school and college transcripts.

For more information on dual enrollment courses, locations, and cost, please visit the Louisiana Dual Enrollment Portal (opens new window).

Contact Information

General

Dual Enrollment Office

SOWELA Technical Community College

3820 Sen J. Bennett Johnston Ave

Magnolia Building, Building #13

Lake Charles, LA 70615

dualenrollment@sowela.edu

Jeremy Ryder, Registrar Services Coordinator - Dual Enrollment

Room 125, Magnolia Building

337-421-6983

jeremy.ryder@sowela.edu

Anna Sunderbruch, Dual Enrollment Specialist

Room 127, Magnolia Building

337-421-6581

annamarie.sunderbruch@sowela.edu

CPSB STEPS

Sabra Soileau, CPSB College Program Coordinator

337-421-6597

sabra.soileau@cpsb.org