Jackson Madison county schools have announced they are expanding their dual enrollment program, which allows high school juniors and seniors to take classes at local universities for future credit.
The district views the expansion as the first step to greater preparation for post-high school plans
"This expansion of dual enrollment really represents are first step in really expanding our post secondary opportunities and making sure we are true to are word."
The expansion is will allow students take beginner level courses at Lane College, University of Memphis at Lambuth and UT Martin and is seen by many school administrators as a great way to prep their students for the rigors of college academics.
"When I was in school I graduated from Jackson Central Merry and I didn't have any dual enrollment courses so when I went to college I was completely blind. I didn't know the expectation or the course level. So I think giving them the opportunity now will be a huge benefit in the future."
The dual enrollment credits will also potentially lower the cost of college for students who participate which is appealing to North Side senior Courtney Anderson.
"First of all, college is expensive so anytime I can take classes to get them out the way without paying too much over I'm going to do it and I'll get to be more prepared for the classes when I start next year."