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Dual Achievement

Introducing Ƶ Technical College Academy

The Dual Achievement Program (established by SB204) offers qualified students a recognized and alternate path to high school graduation. Students choose to simultaneously earn a high school diploma and two (2) technical certificates of credit, a technical diploma, or a college associate degree in a specific career pathway in order to meet high school graduation requirements.

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The Dual Achievement Program serves students that are seeking a different environment away from a traditional high school. If you have a student that is unhappy with their current learning environment and has expressed a desire to withdraw or has already made the decision to withdraw, the Dual Achievement Program may be a good fit for them.

The Ƶ Technical College (Ƶ) Academy provides individuals with the opportunity to achieve personal and professional success. Our academic programs are built to prepare students for sustainable employment with hands-on learning and personal enrichment.

The Dual Achievement Program is ideal for students seeking a new environment to complete their high school course requirements while earning college credentials to prepare them for in-demand careers.

Ƶ Technical College Academy Core Values

Individuals will be provided with opportunities for the actualization of personal and professional success.

Academic programs will focus on preparing individuals for sustainable employment in high-demand fields.

Individuals will gain skills to become self-sufficient and contributing members of society.

Ƶ Academy will provide a safe and positive learning environment that promotes academic achievement through non-traditional and blended learning methods while enhancing character development.

Individuals will participate in activities and experiences to develop essential employability skills, positive learning perceptions, and self-assessment of learning progress.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • A recognized High School Diploma from the Dual Achievement Program
  • Two (2) technical certificates or a diploma or an associate’s degree

Students must be between the ages of 16 to 21 years of age.

If previously enrolled in a high school, students must have officially withdrawn from their previous secondary program and provide the withdrawal form to the Ƶ Academy.

Students must have successfully completed at least six of the following required high school courses prior to admission to the DAP:

  • 2 English/Language Arts
  • 2 Math
  • 2 Sciences
  • 2 Social Studies
  • 1 Health/PE

Yes, there are nine high school credits in the program of which any combination of six must be achieved prior to admission into the DAP. However, up to nine of the DAP approved high school credits can be transferred into the program.

Students must enroll in and successfully complete required high school courses that were not completed prior to admission to the program.

Students must successfully complete any of the following college-level credentials:

  • 2 Technical Certificates of Credit in a specific career pathway
  • Any Ƶ diploma program
  • Any Ƶ associate’s degree

The Dual Achievement Program is low or zero cost to the student. There are multiple funding opportunities available for eligible students to offset the costs of the college portion of the program. There is no charge for high school-level coursework, and tuition and textbooks are covered through dual enrollment funding for college-level coursework. There are no fees for students in the DAP. Depending on the program of study, there may be costs related to the program, such as tools or lab equipment, but the DAP students are allotted $900 each academic year to help assist with course supplies.

  • Meet the DAP eligibility requirements.
  • Schedule an appointment with the DAP Enrollment Coordinator.
  • Complete the and apply to the DAP.
  • Submit the following items to molaughlin@athenstech.edu for verification and to determine course eligibility.
    • Official High School Transcript
    • Home School Declaration of Intent
    • Official test scores for admission – ACCUPLACER, ACT, or SAT (contact testing@athenstech.edu to schedule the Accuplacer)
    • Official College Transcript (from all colleges if previously dual-enrolled)
    • Official High School Withdrawal Form
    • Completed Ƶ DAP Waiver Form
  • Determine your TCC/Program.
  • Complete the Dual Enrollment Funding Application.
  • Register for your courses with the DAP Enrollment Coordinator.

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The Ƶ Technical College Academy is accredited by  through the NCA CASI, NWAC and SACS CASI. Accreditation awarded June 30, 2022. Valid through June 30, 2027.

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Checklist: How to Become a Dual Achievement Student

All items with a * are required before you can start classes.

Meet Eligibility Requirements*

  • 6 of 9 credits
  • 16-21 years of age
  • Not enrolled in High School

Meet With Your High School Counselor

  • Have your high school counselor submit your transcript for evaluation.
  • Complete and submit your withdrawal papers.

Determine Your TCC/Program

Ƶ Application*

Apply to Ƶ and be fully accepted.

Financial Aid

Complete the Dual Enrollment funding application to be eligible for tuition and textbook funding. See more about Dual Enrollment funding .

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Register with DAP Enrollment Coordinator

Let us know of your interest!

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Name*
Are you currently in high school?*
Have you earned 6 or more high school credits?*
2 English, 2 science, 2 social studies, 2 math, and 1 Health/PE
Do you have a smart phone?*
Can we text you?*
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Program Contacts

Kennisha Smith

Dual Achievement Program Administrative Assistant for Green College & Career Academy

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Matthew Burkhalter

Instructor - Dual Achievement Program Social Studies

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Michelle O'Laughlin

Enrollment Coordinator for Dual Achievement Program

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706-552-0903

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Tia Stroud

Executive Director for Secondary Initiatives/Ƶ Academy

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706-369-5871

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