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Taking advantage of free college credit in high school

Jeff Stoddard/For the Saturday Morning Press

If you're in high school, or if you have kids in high school or, if you know a family with kids in high school, pay attention. Through a program called concurrent enrollment (CE), students can earn college credit from CNCC while they're still in high school. It's almost like getting paid twice to do one job. But here is the best part: It's tuition free. Students earn college credit and credit toward their high school diploma at the same time without having to pay for college tuition.

"Concurrent Enrollment is a great way for college-bound high school students to get a jump on their college career," said Julie Hoff, CNCC's Concurrent Enrollment director. "Every year we have one or two students who graduate from CNCC with their Associate's Degree a week before they graduate from high school. It takes extra work, but it cuts two years off of earning a Bachelor's degree."

A couple of disclaimers should be mentioned tough: Not every class at the high school is eligible for Concurrent Enrollment. CE classes are college-level courses taught by teachers who are credentialed to teach at the college level. And, even though tuition is paid by the school district, some college-level classes may require lab and text book fees.

Here are some frequently asked questions about Concurrent Enrollment:

Q: Are CE classes open to all high school students?

A: All classes are open, but not all students are eligible. Some classes have prerequisites and most classes require adequate test scores. Counselors at the high school and at the college can help you determine what your student will need.

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Q: Is CE just a regular high school class?

A: CE classes are college-level courses taught by teachers who are credentialed to teach at the college level. The course-work and expectations are the same as if you were taking a college class.

Q: Are there other cost associated with taking a CE class?

A: Tuition and college fees are all paid for, but some classes may require some small fees for labs, and additional text books.

Q: Are CE classes taught at the high school or at the college?

A: Most of the classes are taught at the high school and fit into the regular high school schedule. Several classes use the college facilities and students are bussed from the high school to the college.

Q: How do I sign up for Concurrent Enrollment?

A: Attend the mandator Concurrent Enrollment open house at the high school on Aug. 18 or 20. The open house, in conjunction with high school registration, will give students an opportunity to meet with counselors from both the college and from the high school and to provide testing, and advice about the best classes your student should take.

Q: Who can I talk with to find out more?

A: Paula Duzik the high school counselor: 970-826-6610.

Julie Hoff, CNCC Concurrent Enrollment director: 970-291-9099.

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