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Students taking advantage of dual credit classes to save time and money

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Eau Claire (WQOW)- We hear plenty of stories about how expensive it has become to send your kids to college.  But on Tuesday, the state highlights a way high schools and colleges are working together to save families some cash.

Tuesday has been declared ‘Dual Credit Day' here in Wisconsin.  It's to draw attention to the program that allows area students to earn both high school and college credits by taking advanced classes in high school.  The credits can be transferred to CVTC and some UW-schools.  CVTC started the program as an affordable way to give students a head start.

"They can take those credits at a cost which is about one-third what it is at the university," explains CVTC Nanoscience Department Chair John Wagner.  "So there's a huge cost savings and also a huge time savings for the students."

Students from Eau Claire North, Eau Claire Memorial and Menomonie are currently enrolled in CVTC's program; taking classes like U.S. History and Biotechnology.

"When I go to apply at a college, they'll look and they'll see that I already have credits there and I will probably be able to get first dibs before all the new freshman coming in for choice of classes and I'm saving $1,000 so that will be nice," responds Eau Claire North Junior Elliott Hagenbucher.

"It's obviously going to save money and it's also going to save time because instead of taking this class, I can take a different one so I can graduate earlier," says Eau Claire North Senior Katie Schemenauer.

Credits are also accepted at UW-schools such as Eau Claire, Stout, Milwaukee and River Falls. CVTC says it hopes to add UW-Platteville and UW-Madison to the list soon.

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