During the 2012-2103 school year, OCA began a partnership with Truett-McConnell University in Cleveland, GA to offer dual-enrollment which allows students in grades 10-12 with a GPA of 3.0 or higher the opportunity to take college-level courses. This will give students an opportunity to complete up to 37 hours of college credit before they graduate from OCA. Truett-McConnell University is a fully SACS accredited four-year Georgia Baptist institution that will allow students to transfer their credit to other institutions if needed. Another amazing aspect is parents do not pay college tuition for these classes. This has the potential to save a family $15,000-$30,000, or more, of college tuition! Also, students take these classes during a normal school day at OCA. God is good! For additional information on Truett-McConnell University go to www.truett.edu.
The Move on When Ready Program is for high school students at accredited public or private high schools in the state of Georgia, and it is operated in all school terms except summer. The program allows students to pursue post-secondary study at approved public, private, and technical colleges while receiving dual high school and college credit for courses successfully completed. Courses pursued by students under this program must come from the approved course directory available at the Georgia Student Finance Commission website which is supplied to high school counselors in the state. Courses are available only in the areas of the core graduation requirements for college preparatory students: English; Mathematics; Social Studies; Science; Foreign Language. At public post-secondary institutions, the program pays for tuition, mandatory fees, and book allowance for participating students.
Transportation and other expenses are the responsibility of the student, including tuition and other expenses for non-core courses, if any are taken. Credit hours paid by the Move On When Ready Program for the student will count towards the limit of post-secondary hours paid for by the HOPE (Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally) Program. Additional requirements or restrictions for participating in this program may be imposed by the high school.
- Students admitted into the Move On When Ready Program will gain acceptance into the program at Truett-McConnell University. Also, it is the student’s responsibility to schedule the exact courses approved by the high school – space in some college courses may be limited, and some courses offered may not have space available.
- College credit obtained at one post-secondary institution may or may not be transferred for credit to another institution – the permissible credit allowed for courses taken elsewhere is determined solely by the receiving post-secondary institution.