TWIN FALLS -- Officials with the College of Southern Idaho say more high school students are earning college credits before they earn their high school diplomas under Idaho's dual-credit program.

The Times-News reports that around the state, 1,853 high school students are taking nearly 7000 credits of dual-credit classes through CSI. That's an increase of about 250 students compared to last semester.

Instructional Dean John Miller said the numbers have been growing steadily for four years.

Karen Feng, a high school senior at Canyon Ridge High School in Twin Falls, said she likes the dual credit courses because they're more interesting. She's currently taking government and calculus classes through CSI, and by the time she graduates, she'll have more than 20 college credits.

The program can help some college-bound students save money: High school students pay $65 per credit for dual-credit classes, while part-time CSI students pay $110 per credit.

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