PACE Dual Enrollment “Frequently Asked Questions”
What Are PACE Dual Enrollment Classes?
Take PACE college classes while you're still in high school earning credit towards high school graduation and college degree requirements. Getting a head start on college means you can lighten your load in college or even graduate early. You'll save time and money, too, since Horry Georgetown Technical College is affordable and tuition grants may be available. Taking PACE college classes in high school are a great way to begin your college career. Ask your counselor about the SC Lottery Tuition Assistance for students taking two PACE classes (6 college credit hours) in a semester paying over half of tuition costs.
Who Is Eligible To Participate In PACE College Classes?
High school juniors or seniors must demonstrate the ability to be successful on the higher level, more advanced college coursework and have the necessary work ethic to handle the increased rigor of college classes. Learning time management and study skills becomes even more important. Eligible students must meet the course prerequisites, the ACT, SAT, or COMPASS test score requirements for admission, have parental permission, and the approval of the high school counselor to participate in PACE.
Where Are PACE Courses Taught?
Eligible high school juniors and seniors may participate in PACE classes online, in their respective high school when available, or on one of the three HGTC Campuses, Conway, Grand Strand, and Georgetown when providing their own transportation. PACE classes meet on a Mon./Wed. or Tues./Thurs. schedule.
What Are The PACE College Credit Transfer Courses Frequently Requested Through HGTC?
Courses include: English 101, English 102, Math 110 (College Algebra), Math 120 (Probability & Statistics), Music 105 (Music Appreciation), Art 101 (Art History & Appreciation), Theater 101 (Intro to Theater), Psychology 201, Sociology 101, Spanish 101, Spanish 102, and Speech 205 (Public Speaking)
When Do PACE Classes Begin?
PACE Fall Semester classes begin in August and PACE Spring Semester classes begin in January. Refer to the HGTC Academic Calendar located online at www.hgtc.edu. Students will follow the HGTC college calendar for attendance, drop-add dates, and final exams for PACE.
Where Can I Get A PACE Dual Enrollment Application Packet?
Contact your high school guidance counselor to receive an application packet. The PACE Application Packet includes the PACE Application with an Attendance Agreement section and a FAFSA Waiver Form to be completed by the student and parent. The Academic Testing and Course Recommendation section on the PACE application must be signed by the school counselor. Completed PACE Application packets are to be returned to Guidance. Incomplete packets cannot be processed and will result in delayed admissions.
Is Orientation Provided For PACE Students and Parents?
PACE Orientation is required to introduce WaveNET and HGTC Student Services available to PACE students. Students and parents are invited to attend. Please RSVP to a PACE Orientation session of your choice online.
What Is WaveNET?
WaveNET at www.hgtc.edu is the student's connection to online college e-mail and services available. The student's individual login allows access to important HGTC student information, announcements, schedule, grades, and college e-mail. Online tools and resources found on WaveNET includes the HGTC Library, Student Success and Technology Center, and the Career Resource Center.
Where Do I Get My HGTC WaveNET Login For My PACE Classes?
PACE students will receive an HGTC acceptance letter in the mail with username, password, and H-number (your HGTC ID number). Keep these in a safe, secure place with easy access.
What Is The Best Way To Contact My PACE Professor?
Students can e-mail their PACE professors on WaveNET. Check your course syllabus or college directory for your professor's e-mail address. E-mail your professors with any issue or concerns you have, to schedule a time to meet with them to discuss your questions, or to notify them of a class absence.
What Type Of Transfer Credit Is Earned For PACE Classes?
College credit earned in PACE courses identified as University Transfer are accepted as transfer credit at all two-and four-year SC public colleges, many SC private colleges, and other out-of-state colleges. Students are encouraged to contact their prospective colleges about specific guidelines on transfer credits and appropriate course selection(s) for their major. Visit www.sctrac.org. View 86 approved transfer courses www.che.sc.gov.
I Want To Earn A Two-Year Associate Degree Then Transfer To A Four-Year University. I Want To Earn A Bachelor's Degree In College. Are PACE Classes Recommended For Me?
Whether your college plans include earning an associate's degree, a bachelor's degree or a career-specific major, PACE is the perfect way to get started. For students planning to earn a two-year Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science Degree then transfer to a four-year college, this will give you a head start on earning credits towards your bachelor's degree. For example, HGTC students earning an Associate Degree then transferring to Coastal Carolina University will have their core curriculum requirements waived. This valuable opportunity saves HGTC students both time and money by allowing students to get a four year degree in less time! Get a head start NOW at HGTC!
How Important Are PACE Grades?
Do They Affect My High School GPA, Class Rank, & Scholarships?
The PACE grades earned will be the first grades to appear on your college transcript. Failure to complete these courses with a "C" or better may result in a lower overall GPA and ineligibility or loss of financial aid later on. PACE grades are important and will affect High School GPA, Class Rank, and Scholarships.
Can Taking Pace Classes Help Raise My High School GPA?
Grades in PACE dual credit classes, as well as AP or IB, are given a full quality point higher on the SC Uniform Weighted Grading Scale than the same grade received in a high school college prep (CP) class on your high school transcript.
Is Transportation Provided To The HGTC Campus?
Students must provide their own transportation to PACE classes taught on the HGTC campus. However, many high school students carpool. HGTC parking decals are provided to students and may be obtained through Public Safety. Students are to bring their driver's license and car registration with them.
Are PACE Students Eligible For SC Lottery Tuition Assistance Funds?
High school students, who are SC residents (1yr.) and enrolled in two PACE classes (6 credit hours) in a semesterare eligible for Lottery Tuition Assistance (LTA) funds, paying over half of tuition costs. Ask your counselor about other grants/assistance that may be available and refer to your school district's dual enrollment guidelines. International students/non-residents are not eligible for LTA.
What Services Are Provided For A PACE Student With A Disability?
For information regarding Student Services available for students with an IEP or a 504 Plan contact one of the following advisors at the HGTC Conway Campus, Grand Strand Campus, or Georgetown Campus.
Conway Campus: Admissions 843-349-5277
Conway Campus: Jocelyn Williams, Director for Disability Services 843-349-5249
Grand Strand Campus: Jim Ratliff, Counselor 843-477-2055
Georgetown Campus: Jaime Davis, Counselor 843-520-1403
What Are The Advantages Of Taking PACE College Credit Classes NOW In High School?
Taking PACE dual credit classes in high school offers important advantages and benefits, including:
- Earn credits NOW that apply to high school AND college degree requirements.
- Transition smoothly into the rigorous academic expectations of college.
- Save money on tuition costs now at HGTC through affordable tuition which reduces overall college costs.
- Take two PACE classes (6 credit hrs.) in a semester and receive Lottery Tuition Assistance.Save time by getting a head start on your college associate's degree or on a bachelor's degree.
- Reduce the course load during the college freshman and sophomore years, improving the student's ability to meet the "B" average required to keep scholarships such as LIFE.
- Earn transferable college credit upon successful completion of a PACE course rather than having to take an additional national exam (AP) in order to become eligible to earn college credit.
- AP classes are yearlong classes that require a national exam score of 3 to earn credit.
- Earn college credit in a PACE course successfully completed in a semester rather than in a year.
- Receive one full quality point for a PACE dual credit course added to the base CP (College Prep) weighting on the SC Uniform Grading Scale which can benefit the student's high school GPA and class ranking.
- PACE Dual Credit grades are weighted the same as an AP or an IB course.Apply the PACE dual enrollment course towards one of the three AP, IB, or Dual Credit courses needed to meet one of the criteria for students seeking the distinction of a SC Honors Diploma.
- Enroll in two PACE classes per semester (6 credit hours) and be eligible for Lottery Tuition Assistance funds, paying over half of tuition costs. Students must be SC residents in order to be eligible for LTA. LTA is not based on financial need and does not affect LIFE or Palmetto scholarships which begin after completion of high school. Other grants and assistance may be available. Refer to your school district's dual enrollment guidelines.
- Prepare high school students to be more successful upon graduation for the next level.Develop important time management and study skills.
- Make students more competitive when applying to a two or four year college.
- Get a head start on college means students can lighten their load in college, finish college on time, or even graduate early while saving both time AND money .
- Begin to ease the transition from high school to college before graduation.Get the best of both worlds... enjoying your high school activities, having the support of family and friends, and increasing your academic skills in college credit classes that will transfer.
- Have access to a nurturing learning environment in a college setting with dedicated faculty.