Galesburg High School pathway options

GHS logo, a capital G in the shape of the front of a steam train.

Sandburg collaborates with Galesburg High School by providing students the opportunity to complete college courses that connect with career paths. Whether the student is interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree or certificates in career or technical areas, there is a pathway for everyone. 

Students at GHS can enroll in classes towards completion of an Associate in Arts degree. This degree requires completion of 61 credit hours and focuses on completing general education courses that are necessary for bachelor’s degrees. Students who are interested in completing an Associate in Science degree should speak with a Sandburg advisor to develop an individual plan.

Associate in Arts degree includes:

  • English 101 and 102 (6 credit hours)
  • Introduction to Public Speaking (3 credit hours)
  • Fine Arts/Humanities (9 credit hours)
  • Social Sciences (9 credit hours)
  • Sciences (7 credit hours)
  • Math (3 credit hours)
  • Human Relations (3 credit hours)
  • Electives (21 credit hours)

To complete an AA degree, students must successfully complete the required 61 credits hours with a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

Pathway to an AA degree

Students taking dual credit courses must meet Sandburg admissions standards and complete the steps to enroll.

Beginning the spring 2020 semester, GHS students can enroll in BIO.101 - General Biology at the high school.

Other courses may be taken online. Please speak with your high school counselor during registration about dual credit opportunities.

How do these classes transfer?

The Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) is a statewide transfer agreement that facilitates transfer among more than 100 participating colleges and universities in Illinois. The IAI General Education Core Curriculum (GECC) includes the following categories:

Please see the specific courses below.

  • Communication: 3 courses or 9 credit hours
  • Humanities and Fine Arts: 3 courses total, 1 course must be a Humanities course, 1 course must be a Fine Arts course. The additional course is the student’s choice or as directed by the advisor.
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences: 3 courses or 9 credits total. Courses must be from 3 different subject areas.
  • Mathematics: 1 course (3-5 credit hours)
  • Physical Science and Life Sciences: 2 courses total, 1 course form each area (7-8 credit hours). One of the courses must have a lab.
  • Human Relations: 1 course or 3 credit hours.

ENG.101 – Freshman Composition 1  IAI Course No. C1 900
ENG.102 – Freshman Composition 2  IAI Course No. C1 901
SPE.120 – Introduction to Public Speaking  IAI Course No. C2 900

Fine Arts
ART.111 – Art Appreciation   IAI Course No. F2 900
MUS.100 - Music in the Western World  IAI Course No. F1 900

PHL.102 – Ethics  IAI Course No. H4 904

Social Sciences
HIS.105 – American History to 1877   IAI Course No. S2 900
PSY.101 – Introduction to Psychology  IAI Course No. S6 900
SOC.101 – Introduction to Sociology  IAI Course No. S7 900

BIO.101 – General Biology – Life Science with lab  IAI Course No. L1 900L
PHY.130 – The Physical Universe – Physical Science  IAI Course No. P1 906

MAT.109 – Concepts of Math  IAI Course No. M1 904

Human Relations
SOC.203 – Introduction to Diversity  IAI Course No. S7 903D

Electives - Suggested
BUS.100 – Introduction to Business 
CRM.101 - Introduction to Criminal Justice 
ECO.101 – Introduction to Economics   IAI Course No. S3 900
HIS.106 – American History from 1877  IAI Course No. S2 901
HTH.120 – Health
POS 122 – American Government & Politics  IAI Course No. S5 900
PSY.107 – Positive Psychology

Students who are interested in career paths may take classes towards an Associate in Applied Sciences or certificates while in high school through the GAVC program. Depending on the availability of qualified faculty, these career degrees or certificates may be offered at GHS, online, or on Sandburg's campus. Students may also complete some of the courses at GHS, graduate from GHS, and then finish the AAS degree or certificate at Sandburg.

These degrees, offered in the career, technical, and health areas, prepare the student for the workforce. They are not intended to transfer to a four-year college or university. For some of our AAS degrees in health care, students must complete a separate application and meet the established requirements for admission.

Computer Support Associate

Students may take courses towards the Computer Support Certificate. The courses listed below are offered through the GAVC program. Students will need to complete the additional course listed below to earn the certificate at Sandburg.

Courses that are taken through GAVC

  • ICT.120 Computer Information Systems
  • ICT.170 Hardware Installation and Maintenance
  • ICT.181 Windows Networking & Operating Systems
  • BOC.107 Technical Skills for Business Environment

Additional courses needed to complete the Computer Support Associate certificate. This course must be taken at Sandburg.

  • ICT.160 Introduction to Internetworking

Computer Numeric Control Certificate

Students may take courses towards the CNC certificate. The courses listed below are offered through the GAVC program. Students will need to complete the two additional courses listed below to earn the certificate at Sandburg.

Courses that are taken through GAVC

  • MFG.130 Industrial Safety
  • MTL.130 CNC Machining Technology
  • MTL.103 Manufacturing Processes
  • MTL.135 Fundamentals of CNC Machine Applications

Additional courses needed to complete the CNC certificate. These courses must be taken at Sandburg.

  • MFG.125 Industrial Blueprints
  • MTL.295 Operator Internship 1

 American Welding Society - Level 1

Students may take courses towards the American Welding Society - Level 1 certificate. The courses listed below are offered through the GAVC program. Students will need to complete the additional courses listed below to earn the certificate at Sandburg.

Courses that are taken through GAVC

  • MFG.100 Introduction to Welding
  • WEL.160 Oxyacetylene Welding & Metal Preparation
  • WEL.125 Welding Blueprints
  • WEL.162 Arc Welding Basics

Additional courses needed to complete the American Welding Society - Level 1 certificate. These courses must be taken at Sandburg.

  • MAT.101 Technical Math
  • WEL.164 Arc Welding Advanced
  • WEL.166 Gas Shielded Arc Tig
  • WEL.168 Gas Shielded Arc Mig
  • WEL.170 Applications of GMAW & FCAW
  • WEL.126 Weld Test Evaluation
  • WEL.172 Welding Applications

Automotive Technology

Students may take courses towards the Automotive Technology certificate. The courses listed below are offered through the GAVC program. Students will need to complete the additional courses listed below to earn the certificate at Sandburg.

  • AUT.101 Spark Ignition Engines 1
  • AUT. 201 Ignition Systems
  • AUT.203 Manual Transmission & Drive Trains
  • AUT.204 Automatic Transmissions

Below are the additional courses needed to complete the Automotive Technology certificate. These courses must be taken at Sandburg.

  • AUT.105 Electrical systems
  • AUT.107 Shop Practices
  • AUT.110 Auto Math
  • AUT.103 Braking Systems
  • AUT.202 Steering Suspension & Front Wheel Drive
  • AUT.206 Heat and Air Conditioning
  • AUT.209 Shop Practices 2

Additional courses offered through GAVC
  • ALH.110 Introduction to Pharmacology
  • ELT.100 Electrical Fundamentals
  • MDT.110 Medical Terminology
  • NUT.110 Nutrition 


Students who are interested in health careers can accelerate their enrollment into our selective admissions programs by taking some of the prerequisite courses in high school. Students should meet with a Sandburg academic advisor to discuss admissions requirements and to develop a specific plan to ensure those requirements are met. 

Students are encouraged to visit our Health Sciences pathway page to explore our programs.



Our sample schedules provide dual credit students with a general plan for admission into our limited enrollment health professions programs. Students should meet with a Sandburg advisor to discuss these plans and develop an individualized plan to meet admissions requirements.

Sample schedule for accelerated admission into RN program

Sample schedule for accelerated admission into RN to BSN program

Sample schedule for accelerated admission into Dental Hygiene program

Sample schedule for dual credit then 1 year at Sandburg for Dental Hygiene program 

Sample schedule for accelerated admission into Radiologic Technology program


Applying for Financial Aid

Please visit our dual credit financial aid page for information on how to apply for the FAFSA.

Paying your tuition

Students must make payment in full or enroll in the payment plan by the set dates for the semester, typically 4 weeks prior to the start of the term. If payment is not made, students will be dropped from their courses and will need to re-enroll and arrange payment. Students may pay with a credit card, check, or cash, through either campus, Carthage or Galesburg. Deferred payment plans are available, please contact our Business Office for further information on payment plans at 309.341.5281. Students may view their balance by logging in to mySandburg, then self-service. 

Dual credit students receive a tuition discount of 50% for the first six credit hours each semester.

Regular Tuition for 2 classes in 2020-21 ($170 per credit hour)          

Tuition Calculation Example (2 classes 2021-22 ($175 per credit hour))

ENG.101 (3 credit hours): 525.00                    
PSY.101 (3 credit hours): 525.00                    
Registration fee: 25.00                  
Tuition & fees total:$1075.00    
Dual Credit tuition discount: -$525.00

Total tuition for Dual Credit: $550.00  


College Environment:

The college learning environment encourages critical thinking and promotes the examination of contrasting perspectives of the world. This is an environment of adult interaction where students will be exposed to concepts, lectures, and materials that are designed for adults and adult audiences.

  • Internet usage: At the college, there is some restricted internet access; however, student internet usage is not monitored.
  • The college environment: Carl Sandburg College is a community of lifelong learners that welcomes, values, and respects diversity. The College fosters a climate of mutual respect that celebrates diversity and inclusion by embracing our similarities as well as our differences. The College stands for tolerance, non-discrimination, and cultural sensitivity.
  • Expected conduct: A copy of the Student Code of Conduct is available on the Sandburg website and all students are expected to behave in adherence with this policy.
  • Course descriptions: Course descriptions for all courses are available through the online catalog. At times, college courses may expose students to graphic depictions or discussions of mature themes.
  • College classroom activities: Classroom activities may include fieldwork, lab experiments with chemicals, career, and technical education courses may include the use of machinery/complex equipment and group work with other students of all ages and backgrounds.
College/Course Expectations:

Enrolled students establish a permanent college academic record and transcript that may be required by future colleges or universities. This permanent academic record may affect eligibility for future financial aid. It is also understood that the student will receive college credit for successfully completed course work. 

  • Students are responsible to go online to obtain their college grades. Grades will not be mailed to the student’s residence.
  • All students are expected to be in compliance with all current published college policies, rules, and regulations. Students are subject to the same course requirements, grading standards, and attendance requirements established by the course instructor in the course syllabus.
  • Students will be treated like everyone else in the class.
  • Students will be held to the same expectations as any other student in the classroom and will be expected to follow the course syllabus.
  • The course content, delivery, and assessments will not be altered due to underage students enrolled in the course. Students may be exposed to adult language, discussion, and/or themes in the classroom, and on campus. 
  • Students are responsible to communicate with the instructor if there are any questions or concerns.
  • Students are responsible to seek assistance for any special needs they have, such as disability services or tutoring.
  • The faculty bear no responsibility for underage students outside of the classroom. Parents/legal guardians are responsible for the students before and after class.
  • Parents/legal guardians assume responsibility and liability for students and will be expected to attend any disciplinary sessions.
  • If a student is attending a postsecondary institution - at any age - the rights under FERPA have transferred to the student. However, in a situation where a student is enrolled in both a high school and a postsecondary institution, the two schools may exchange information on that student. If the student is under 18, the parents still retain the rights under FERPA at the high school and may inspect and review any records sent by the postsecondary institution to the high school.
Contact Advisor

For more information regarding the Galesburg HS dual credit program, please contact:

Megan Jones
Coordinator of Recruiting and Dual Credit