Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs on Career Planning and Higher Education….

What is the difference between AP and dual enrollment classes?
It can be tough to know if dual enrollment or AP classes are a better choice for you. Here are some the primary differences between the two options.

AP stands for advanced placement. AP students earn high school credit for their courses, and they have the option to take the AP exam administered by the College Board. With a high enough score on the exam (usually a 3, 4 or 5), students may also earn college credits for their AP coursework. AP courses are taught by high school teachers, and there are costs associated with taking the exam. Colleges and universities all handle acceptance of AP scores differently, so check with your intended school to determine if AP credit will be awarded. 

Dual enrollment courses are college-level courses taught in your high school. They allow students to earn both high school and college credit, and generally, if you earn a "C" or better in the course, you can receive college credit. Dual enrollment instructors must meet the standards set for college faculty members, and in most cases, these classes and the associated textbooks are offered free to students.

Both AP and dual enrollment are good ways to get ahead, so be sure to talk to your counselor about which option fits best with your future plans.

How can I get a copy of Sketch magazine?
First, check with the counseling office at your middle or high school. They should have copies for all 7-12 graders in John Tyler Community College's service region. You can also contact Lisa Kendrick in the College Relations Office at John Tyler Community College at to request additional copies.

Why is all this stuff called Sketch?
Sketch started out as a magazine for middle and high school students. The idea behind all the Sketch projects is that career planning is all about making a plan, but it doesn't set your future in stone or lock you in.

After all, a sketch is defined as, "A preliminary idea or plan, ready for elaboration, edits and changes later. The start of something…"

Seemed like a perfect fit to us.

Why do I have to think about the future now? I've got plenty of time to think about college and work.
Seems kind of crazy, right? The thing is, if you can figure out what your real interests are, what you really love and what you are good at, you can make smarter class choices now. Doctor, lawyer, teacher and engineer are not your only options. There are lots of careers out there, and if you don't check out the possibilities, you just may miss your calling.

Maybe the best thing for you to do is dual enrollment or AP classes, or maybe it turns out your talents are more technical. Want to travel or graduate without a lot of debt? Community college can save you tons of money - and the experience just might surprise you. And, sometimes a small, liberal arts college, the military or a major urban campus is just the right thing.

Bottom line: education shouldn't be one-size-fits-all. The trick is to find the best fit for you, and you can't do that without giving your future some serious thought.

What are guaranteed transfer agreements?
Through guaranteed transfer agreements, students who graduate from John Tyler Community College with an associate degree and a minimum grade point average are guaranteed admission to more than 25 Virginia colleges and universities. With tuition and fees that run about one-third of the tuition and fees at Virginia's public four-year colleges and universities, community college can save you tons of money and get you on track to earn a degree from one of Virginia's top college or universities. Learn more.

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