The Dual Enrollment Program at VHCC began in the Spring of 1997. Since that time over four thousand students from the Smyth County, Washington County, Bristol Virginia, and Johnson County, TN Public School Systems have taken advantage of the opportunity to take college level courses either in their high school or on the main VHCC campus. The large majority of students taking General Education Transfer courses have been able to transfer these college credits to four year colleges and universities in Virginia and surrounding states if they maintain a "C" average or better in the course. VHCC has established Career Studies Certificates in certain Career & Technical areas so students taking these courses may also receive college credit. Many of these courses generally do not transfer to four year colleges & universities.