Early College Academy

Graduate High School & College at the same time!

We are committed to creating fast-track educational opportunities for high school students interested in getting a head start on their careers or college experience. Our ECA program gives high school students a chance to eliminate two years of college and enter a 4-year college or university as a Junior. Not to mention, two years of accumulated debt.

What's the difference between Dual Enrollment & ECA?

Dual Enrollment Program

A Dual Enrollment or Dual Credit course is any course taken that gives high school students the opportunity to earn both high school and college credit. Dual Enrollment students often complete a few transferable credit courses to carry with them to a four-year college or university; however, they will not earn a degree.

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Early College Academy

A student can pursue an associate degree alongside their high school diploma. One of the best features of the Early College Academy is that students control their own path. Early College Academy students will complete a full associate degree in general education courses or in a specific technical training field.

How does ECA compare to other high school options for students?

See below for a comparison of Advanced Placement (AP) credit program, the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma program, and Dual Enrollment/Dual Credit program.


Choose Your Pathway

We offer a variety of pathways for high school students through our Early College Academy. These pathways are meant to be taken alongside a high school student’s normal coursework required for high school graduation.

All course layouts are recommended but not required unless otherwise stated, as some courses are only offered during certain terms. Students may change the order of courses as long as all prerequisites are met.

To see a full listing of all the career pathways available to you, download a copy of our ECA Career Pathways Guide below.

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Still have questions? Contact Us!

Office Location

FDTC Main Campus
Building 5000
3rd Floor, Room 5313

Our Team

Antonio McFarland 
Director of Admissions

Allie Smith
Senior Admissions Counselor

Regional Admissions Counselors
Dominique Brown
Janelle McIver
Dachaun Williams


Phone: 843.661.8289
Text: 843.351.1960
Email: dualenrollment@fdtc.edu