The Dual Achievement Program (established by SB204) offers qualified students a recognized and alternate path to high school graduation. Students choose to simultaneously earn a high school diploma and two (2) technical certificates of credit, a technical diploma, or a college associate degree in a specific career pathway in order to meet high school graduation requirements.
The Dual Achievement Program serves students that are seeking a different environment away from a traditional high school. If you have a student that is unhappy with their current learning environment and has expressed a desire to withdraw or has already made the decision to withdraw, the Dual Achievement Program may be a good fit for them.
The Athens Technical College (ATC) Academy provides individuals with the opportunity to achieve personal and professional success. Our academic programs are built to prepare students for sustainable employment with hands-on learning and personal enrichment.
The Dual Achievement Program is ideal for students seeking a new environment to complete their high school course requirements while earning college credentials to prepare them for in-demand careers.
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Frequently Asked Questions
- A recognized High School Diploma from the Dual Achievement Program
- Two (2) technical certificates or a diploma or an associate’s degree
Students must be between the ages of 16 to 21 years of age.
If previously enrolled in a high school, students must have officially withdrawn from their previous secondary program and provide the withdrawal form to the ATC Academy.
Students must have successfully completed at least six of the following required high school courses prior to admission to the DAP:
- 2 English/Language Arts
- 2 Math
- 2 Sciences
- 2 Social Studies
- 1 Health/PE
Yes, there are nine high school credits in the program of which any combination of six must be achieved prior to admission into the DAP. However, up to nine of the DAP-approved high school credits can be transferred into the program.
Students must enroll in and successfully complete required high school courses that were not completed prior to admission to the program.
Students must successfully complete any of the following college-level credentials:
- 2 Technical Certificates of Credit in a specific career pathway
- Any ATC diploma program
- Any ATC associate’s degree
The Dual Achievement Program is low or zero cost to the student. There are multiple funding opportunities available for eligible students to offset the costs of the college portion of the program. There is no charge for high school-level coursework, and funding is available through the HOPE Career Grant to cover tuition for college-level coursework. There are no fees for students in the DAP. Depending on their program of study, there may be costs related to the program, such as tools or lab equipment.
The Athens Technical College Academy is accredited by Cognia through the NCA CASI, NWAC and SACS CASI. Accreditation awarded June 30, 2022. Valid through June 30, 2027.
Checklist: How to Become a Dual Achievement Student
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