Two-Year College Chancellor Wants To Make College Courses Free For High School Students

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Alabama's two-year college chancellor wants to make enrollment in community college courses free for high school students.

Speaking today at the Economic Development Association of Alabama's winter conference, Community College System Chancellor Mark Heinrich said he is working with legislators to bring a bill as early as the 2013 session that would make dual enrollment in community college courses free to high school students.

"What I'm suggesting at this point is that state of Alabama work out some sort of situation that would allow any high school student who is interested in dual enrollment to participate in that," he said.

Heinrich said after the meeting dual enrollment gives high school students a head start on college and technical school or better prepares them for immediate entry into the workforce. Making it free, he said, would increase participation.

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