Parents interested in learning how their high school students can benefit from and register for concurrent enrollment courses are invited to attend an information session at Redlands Community College from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 6.
“We’re excited to host a Concurrent Parent Night to help parents learn how their high school students can get a head start on earning college credit for a fraction of the cost,” said Tricia Hobson, executive director of Student Services at Redlands. “Taking one concurrent course at Redlands may cost a family less than $100 since tuition is free, our fees are low, and many of the instructors for classes such as English Comp and U.S. History use free eTextbooks.”
Concurrent classes are open to any eligible high school junior or senior who meets the admission requirements for the program.
High school juniors and seniors can earn up to 27 credit hours tuition free through Redlands Community College’s concurrent enrollment program. Both eight-week and 16-week courses are offered online or via Zoom, as well as on high school campuses or on the college’s El Reno campus.
“A high school graduate who earns the maximum number of concurrent course credit will only need at least another 33 credit hours to earn an associate degree,” said Hobson. “We have several students who are then able to earn a bachelor’s degree in two to three years, which is a significant cost savings.”
An additional cost savings is the course materials needed. The cost of textbooks can be overwhelming, but at Redlands, many general education classes use Open Educational Resources.
Redlands Community College President Jack Bryant enjoys seeing these students, whose first experience with higher education was with Redlands, use that foundation to pursue careers and additional undergraduate and graduate degrees. Many of these high school students are able to participate in hands-on research, develop service learning projects and earn credit through the Honors program.
With the option of taking classes online or via Zoom, students have the flexibility to enroll in a format that fits their schedule. Advisors work directly with counselors to enroll students in the courses taught by master- and Ph.D.-level instructors.
Concurrent Parent Night will be held in the Redlands Conference Center, and parents interested in attending should register online at www.redlandscc.edu/events. For more information about concurrent enrollment, please contact the Admissions and Advising Office at 405-422-1417 or Connect@Redlandscc.edu.