Dual Enrollment

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Virtual Virginia (VVA) and Tidewater Community College (TCC) have partnered to offer the Commonwealth Dual Enrollment Pathways Program in 2022–2023, expanding learning opportunities for rising 11th- and 12th-grade students statewide. 

This joint effort will provide dual enrollment course offerings and pathways.

Students in grade 12 will have the opportunity to complete the following before graduating from high school:

  • VCCS Passport
  • Career Studies Certificate in Cybersecurity and Network Foundations

Students in grade 11 will have the opportunity to complete the following before graduating from high school:

  • VCCS Uniform Certificate of General Studies (UCGS)
  • Career Studies Certificate in Cybersecurity and Network Foundations

VVA and TCC are excited to launch this pilot effort to support the need for additional dual enrollment opportunities and other emerging learning opportunities for Virginia’s students. Students enrolled in the program will have access to high-quality teachers, instruction, and resources while working towards dual enrollment credit or a work-ready cybersecurity certification.

Students & Teachers

Students

The pilot program will be available statewide to a defined number of students in grades 11 and 12 in 2022–2023, providing opportunities for students in areas that may have been traditionally underserved or underrepresented. Synchronous instruction will be offered at flexible times to accommodate students’ varying schedules.

Students with existing dual enrollment coursework or credits are eligible to participate in any of the three tracks in 2022–2023 Commonwealth Dual Enrollment Pathways Program.

A maximum of 200 students may participate in the 2022–2023 program.

Teachers

Students enrolled in the pilot program will have access to VVA dual enrollment (DE) teachers and complete their coursework online in both synchronous and asynchronous settings. VVA DE teachers will hold regular sessions with students and are available for 1:1 and small-group instruction, as well as time to meet with students, parents, and other support staff at each student’s enrolling school.

2022–2023 Program Fees/Tuition

2022–2023 Program Fees/Tuition

The fall 2022 student enrollment fee for each course corresponds to the appropriate VVA enrollment fee (grades 6–12, based on bands I–IV). TCC tuition is aligned with the applicable VVA enrollment fee. Enrollment fees/tuition are subject to change beyond fall 2022.

2022–2023 Programs & Course Sequences

2022–2023 Programs

Career Studies Certificate in Cybersecurity and Network Foundations

This Career Studies Certificate introduces students to information technology concepts and skills so they are prepared to recognize, prevent and defend against threats to information and information systems. Students will also explore topics such as operating systems, computer hardware, networking concepts, and programming.

By completing this program students are preparing for the following certifications:

  • CompTIA Network+
  • CompTIA Security+
  • CompTIA A+ 

Course Sequences

For students starting in grade 12 (2022–2023):
For students starting in grade 11 (2022–2023):

Uniform Certificate of General Studies

The Uniform Certificate of General Studies (UCGS) is designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year public college or university in the Commonwealth. To earn the UCGS, students are required to complete courses from multiple content areas. A grade of “C” or better is required in all coursework for students to earn the UCGS, and only courses completed after May 2020 apply to the UCGS. 

When completed, the UCGS will satisfy lower-division general education requirements at all four-year public colleges and universities in Virginia, as well as many private colleges/universities.

For more information, see this page.

Course Sequence

For students starting in grade 11 (2022–2023):

Passport

The Passport is a collection of courses that are transferable, with all 16 credits satisfying lower-division general education requirements at all four-year public colleges and universities in Virginia, as well as many private colleges and universities. To qualify for Passport, courses must be completed after May 2020 and a grade of “C” or better is required in all coursework.

For more information, see this page.

Course Sequence

For students starting in grade 12 (2022–2023):
Enrollment & Admissions

Enrollment & Admissions

The enrollment deadline is Friday, August 5, at 11 a.m. Participating students will enroll in both VVA and TCC.

  • Public school students will enroll via their local public school of record.
  • Private school students will enroll via the enrolling private school of record.
  • Homeschooled students will enroll via the enrolling homeschool of record.

View all Dual Enrollment course offerings in the VVA Course Catalog.

VVA Enrollment

Designated division and school personnel may enroll students through the process described here.

VCCS/TCC Enrollment

Once students are enrolled in VVA courses, they will need to complete the following for dual enrollment admission:

  1. VCCS/TCC online application, completed by both the student and parent/guardian
  2. Commonwealth Dual Enrollment Pathways Program Form, completed by the student

Program Prerequisites*

  • Career Studies Certificate in Cybersecurity and Network Foundations
    • Cumulative GPA 2.0 or higher
  • UCGS/Passport
    • Cumulative GPA 3.0 or higher
    • C or higher in Algebra II or a higher-level math course [required to enroll in MTH 161]

* Students who do not meet the GPA requirements may qualify through other means. See Admissions & Placement Criteria for details.