Lt. Governor Sheila Simon pushes for dual credit incentives

Local school districts would receive new funding to encourage students to earn college credit while still in high school under legislation being pushed by Lt. Governor Sheila Simon.

Simon visited John A. Logan College on Friday to talk to students and promote the need to incentive dual credit programs in Illinois.

A dual credit course is a college course taken by a high school student that earns both college and high school credits. this allows a student to get a jumpstart on a college credential or degree for free.

“what this bill does is reflect that that is something high schools are offering their students and that ought to show in state funding, that when high schools are offering that extra opportunities lets make sure that they can afford to do it,” she says.

Almost 35 percent of juniors and seniors are taking some type of dual credit class affiliated with John A. Logan College.

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