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“The DEAL program provides students who are academically ready with the opportunity to get a head start on their college careers. It also allows students to develop the skills needed for completion of college level course work.”
Dr. Michael Chan (FDMS ’93)
GCC Dean of Technology & Student Services
GCC’s Dual Enrollment Accelerated Learning (DEAL) program allows eligible students to enroll in college courses concurrently with high school classes and to receive both high school and college credit simultaneously. GCC has DEAL program agreements with Guam's five public high schools, with Father Duenas Memorial School, Notre Dame High School, and with the Home School Association of Guam.
How DEAL works
Students accepted into the program may apply for GCC's Classroom Learning Yields Math & English Readiness (CLYMER) program (where they skip the placement test because of good grades in higher level high school math or English courses) or they may take GCC’s placement test. If the student takes the placement test and places into one of the college courses on the DEAL list, the student will register at GCC and enroll in the course/courses. If the student is approved for the CLYMER program, the student may directly enroll in the college course/courses. The student will take the course at GCC, most likely after school or during the summer, although it is not uncommon to have students participate in DEAL during the fall and spring semesters. Upon successful completion of the college course(s), the student will receive credit for the corresponding high school course toward high school graduation (without having had to take that high school course) AND receive college credit, also to count toward college graduation.
“Another thing to keep in mind is that EN110, MA110, MA161A, and MA161B are all transferable to the University of Guam, and we have had students who were able to transfer these courses to community colleges and four-year universities in Hawaii and the mainland,” notes Dr. Michael Chan, GCC Dean of Technology & Student Services. “So it is a bit more than just a means for students to avail themselves of high school credit in order to graduate and receive their high school diploma. It is also a very effective means of getting a head start in college to attain their post-secondary degree.”
To apply for this program, eligible students may pick up a DEAL application packet from their high school principal or college counselor or GCC career counselor. Students should complete all forms and return them to their counselor for submission to the GCC Admissions and Registration Office. Students must then work with their college counselor in scheduling college classes. Students and their parents/guardians are responsible for paying college tuition and fees and purchasing textbooks.
Because finances serve as a barrier to participation for some students, GCC offers DEAL Scholarships. Please see the DEAL Scholarship promotional flyer and Scholarship application form linked here. Students should submit their completed application form to Associate Dean Gary Hartz via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or to his office, 2222 Student Services and Administration Building, GCC.
If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Hartz via e-mail, or call him at 735-0205.
DEAL Program Credit Courses:
|GCC||GDOE High Schools|
|EN110 Freshman English||LA411 Advanced Placement Language & Composition|
|MA110 Finite Mathematics||MA301 Trigonometry & Analytical Geometry|
|MA161A College Algebra & Trigonometry I||MA401 Elementary Functions|
|GCC||Father Duenas Memorial School*|
|EN110 Freshman English||EL09 Composition|
|MA161B College Algebra & Trigonometry II
|GCC||Notre Dame High School|
|EN110 Freshman English
|GCC||Home School Association of Guam|
|English, math, and Japanese courses||Homeschooling curriculum|
DEAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
- Student must be at least 16 years old
- 11th or 12th grade only
- Approval of high school principal and GCC counselor
- Written approval of parent/guardian
- Meet course prerequisites for enrollment in DEAL courses
- *FDMS requires students to have a minimum 3.0 GPA to participate
- Students must complete all college courses with a grade of “C” or better to continue in the DEAL program