College Experience Starts Now:
Dual Enrollment Program Expands at Berean Christian
Junior and senior years of high school are academically intense. Prioritizing becomes a crucial skill as students juggle academic responsibilities and extra-curricular commitments while preparing for college. Participation in a dual enrollment program (DEP) is a common choice for many high school students, and for a good reason. A national study showed that the college completion rate for dual enrollment students was 66 percent compared to 54 percent for students without dual enrollment experience (National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, 2013).
While most of the dual enrollment studies include courses taken on a college campus or via online education, at Berean Christian School several DEP courses are taught by college faculty right on the BCS campus. For the fourth academic year, Dr. Olga Dietlin, associate professor of counseling at Palm Beach Atlantic University (PBA) will teach General Psychology, Lifespan Development and a newly added class, Marriage & Family Dynamics. The new course will present “a study of dating, courtship, engagement, marriage, roles, parenthood, dysfunctions, divorce, and changing definitions of family. Biblical, historical, and sociological and psychological perspectives are used, while emphasizing practical applications” (PBA Catalog).
Students planning to major in psychology, education and health related fields will benefit from earning up to nine college credits towards their prospective degrees. The courses are also attractive to students who plan to study other disciplines in college but are interested in the subject of psychology. These credits can also be applied toward a variety of majors as electives or toward a minor in psychology. Taught from a Christian perspective and in a highly interactive manner, these courses are offered in a hybrid format (featuring face-to-face instruction and an online component) which works well for students’ schedules.
“Taking General Psychology and Life Span Development helped prepare me for college by showing that in college the professor expects you to come to class having already read the material assigned,” said Tyler Goertzen, class of 2016, and a future freshman at The University of Florida (engineering). “You must now be responsible for your education. You have to take the initiative to succeed.” Amanda Kamp, also class of 2016, earned six credits to complete a psychology requirement for her nursing degree. In addition to an academic benefit Amanda shared how the courses helped her personally. “I have a better understanding and more patience with some of my elderly relatives now that I see how the brain and body age.” Laurel Rogers, class of 2017, stated that the Life Span course gave her a better understanding of how people develop and change throughout life. “It was also interesting to learn the more scientific/facts approach to the information rather than the stereotypes often found in the media,” she added.
“I so much enjoy teaching these bright, dedicated students at Berean Christian. The course content allows us to explore not only the scientific facts, but also relate the material to our personal lives,” said Dr. Dietlin. The school is planning to expand the course offerings next year.
For more information about the program and registration, please contact Kelly Hoback at 561-798-9300 X261 or by email at Kelly_Hoback@bereanwpb.org.
Photo: (from left to right sitting) DEP students Celeste Colman, Laurel Rogers, William Rogers. Standing: Amanda Kamp and Tyler Goertzen.