What is the Howard E. Ivester Early College campus like?
The Howard E. Ivester Early College campus is a renovated and designated college dual enrollment campus for our partner colleges and their professors - with a learning commons, student meeting area, student bistro, collaborative spaces, advisors, resources, cafe, and classrooms equipped with 21st Century technology.
Must I qualify for Brenau /Lanier Technical College and/or University of North Georgia to be part of Early College?
YES. Once accepted, students ARE part of the Brenau University, LTC and/or UNG community with all DE student rights!
As a Howard E. Ivester Early College student, will I also be part of the main college campus?
YES! Accepted students will have parking passes, rights to the student center, tutoring labs, media centers, clubs, etc as allowed by Dual Enrollment guidelines on the main campuses of the college. Howard E. Ivester Early College IS part of the partner campus.
Are students who participate in the DE program at Howard E. Ivester Early College eligible to continue to participate in extracurricular activities, clubs and athletics at their high school?
Yes, Dual Enrollment students may continue to participate in activities, WBL, HMP, clubs and athletics at their high school and and to continue classes and sports practices at their home school as desired!
Do my college credits also count as high school credits?
YES! Academic courses count as high school credits as well as college credits. Academic courses count towards the high school GPA on the 5.0 scale and certification courses on the 4.5 scale. Plus, all academic credits transfer to any University of Georgia System college. Grades will be reflected on both your high school transcript and your college transcript. The grades earned will be a part of the student’s college GPA AND the student's high school GPA.
Am I given a bump on my HOPE GPA for my Dual Enrollment classes?
Dual Enrollment grades come to the HS transcript in increments of 5 (85, 95) for A's and B's and YES, a 0.5 bump will be then be awarded to Dual Enrollment grades just like AP classes. However, 4.0 is the highest allowed for HOPE.
What are the major differences between Howard E. Ivester Early College and the traditional Dual Enrollment?
Howard E. Ivester Early College is a campus of each college for reporting purposes! Students are reported as a Brenau/LTC or UNG students on the transcript. All USG Universities take all core credit by contract.
The major differences: Howard E. Ivester Early College (IEC) students are supported
- Operate according to the Hall County school calendar,
- With bus transportation to/from home high school,
- Onsite Hall County support personnel,
- Writing and math labs on site
- Career speakers,
- Small class sizes (as possible),
- Brenau, LTC and UNG professors come to the Howard E. Ivester Early College campus to teach.
- Students attend IEC 5 days per week even during their non-scheduled class time. This time is typically used for studying, tutoring, field trips, service learning or guest speakers.
- As needed, Chromebooks / laptops will be provided for our students' daily and home use during semester(s) they attend IEC.
Standard undergraduate tuition will be paid for approved Dual Enrollment classes up to 30 hours. In the event the funds provided to the institution by Dual Enrollment do not cover a student’s tuition for the term (under covered classes & within 30 hours), the institution must waive (not charge) the student for any remaining tuition balance.
Institutions are required to provide textbooks at no cost to participating students.
Could there be a charge for any Dual Enrollment class?
The student could be charged a minimal fee for course related fees or supplies. This is typically materials or supplies for the student to keep. HIMT, Nurse Aide, Firefighter, and science classes are typical classes that require a student fee.
Will these classes count against my HOPE hours?
NO! In the Dual Enrollment program, the credits earned do not count against the HOPE credit hour cap following graduation from high school. YEA!
Can ANY Hall County high school student apply?
YES! Any rising 10th – 12th grade student in Hall County Schools may apply! Students must meet eligibility requirements for admissions. 10th graders have additional rigor requirements per Ga Student Finance Commission.
Is there a residency requirement to participate in Dual Enrollment?
There is no residency requirement to participate in the Dual Enrollment program. Students must be part of a high school in our Hall County system, however.
What if I have work based learning or mentorship?
The Howard E. Ivester Early College Dean, supervising teacher and students will work schedules and driving out on a student by student basis. Howard E. Ivester Early College schedules usually work well for these students.
What about eating BREAKFAST & LUNCH?
IEC offers hot and cold meals for breakfast and lunch tied to the student's high school ID cards.
What responsibilities do Dual Enrollment students have?
Dual Enrollment students are responsible for their academic success. This includes, but is not limited to:
- attending and being on time for class,
- participating in class discussions,
- submitting assignments on time,
- studying outside of class each week for every course,
- asking for help and resources needed.
Are students participating in the Dual Enrollment program eligible to enroll in online courses or transient courses?
Yes, Dual Enrolled student may enroll in courses offered online or approved as transient provided the course appears on the approved course list. Students should be advised to carefully consider (1) whether an online course is a good fit before enrolling in the course and (2) to pursue a course load that is manageable.
NOTE: Neither the Hall County School District nor the Early College representatives are liable for information regarding college credit acceptances to all post-secondary institutions. Each college/university major prescribes a specific program of coursework that Dual Enrolled courses may or may not meet. It is the responsibility of the scholar to check specific college entrance requirements and transfer-ability of coursework.
Georgia Student Finance Commission: Dual enrollment Comparison Chart AND the DE document