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Avoyelles Parish, LSUA partner for free dual enrollment

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AVOYELLES PARISH, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - High school students at Avoyelles Parish public high schools will soon have the opportunity to earn college credit, even before graduation. 

"It affords our students a tremendous opportunity to further their education," said Marksville High principal Marvin Hall, "and get a jump start on college."

Beginning this fall, eligible juniors and seniors in Avoyelles Parish can also enroll at LSU of Alexandria, for free.   

The school district will cover the tuition - $33 per credit hour - plus bus the students to and from the parish high schools for morning classes at LSUA, and a taste of the college experience.  

"LSUA becomes an extension of our high school campuses," said Avoyelles Superintendent of Schools Dwayne Lemoine. "They'll come back to our schools, be students in our schools, and have opportunities to be high school students while earning their freshman year in college."

They can earn up to 30 college credit hours at no cost to students or their parents.

LSUA Chancellor Dan Howard says, there are no losers here.  

"This happens to be one of those times when it sounds too good to be true," said Howard, "and it is absolutely true."

Lemoine says, this pilot program will be especially important to his parish.  

"Our parish, we have about 84 percent at-risk," he said. "So we have many children that are certainly bright enough to go to college, but there are other obstacles that have prevented these children from realizing that dream. What we're doing is eliminating those obstacles."

"Everyone wins, but the most important aspect is that the students win," Howard said. "They win that opportunity to get to go to college without having to worry about expenses, without having any concerns at all, except to do well. What could be better than that?"

An informational session will be held Tuesday, May 20, at 6 p.m. at Marksville High. Registration will also be available for eligible students at that time. 
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