High school students can earn college credits while in high school.How can you earn college credits before college?

There are many opportunities for high school students to earn college credits. The easiest way is to take Dual Credit classes at your high school during the school day. Many of Cloud County’s courses are also offered online and are available for high school students to take. If you want a face-to-face class, Cloud also offers college credit courses at a number of outreach locations in the evening and during the summer.

What is Dual Credit enrollment?

Dual Credit Enrollment refers to a cooperative agreement between Cloud County Community College (CCCC) and a local USD that allows the enrollment of high school students in Cloud County Community College courses – to be offered at the high school for high school and college credit simultaneously. College credit is contingent upon students’ completion of course work and any course entrance requirements and/or exit exams that might apply. High school credit is under the authority and policy of the local USD. While students are in a Dual Credit college class, the students and the teacher are subject to college policies, procedures, and statutes.

Who can take Dual Credit college courses?

High school sophomores, juniors and seniors, including home schooled students, may enroll concurrently in college courses with written permission from the high school principal. A yearly cooperative agreement with the school district or the home study school must be on file with the College for college credit to be granted. Individual student permission forms must be submitted each semester. Students can contact the high school counselor, Dual Credit coordinator or CCCC Director of Dual Credit and Outreach Education for more information. Students who are freshmen in high school and enrolled in a recognized gifted program may enroll in college courses. Written permission from the high school principal and a copy of the student’s IEP must be on file at the College for college credit to be granted.

It is the policy of the Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR) and Cloud County Community College to encourage high school students to take advantage of postsecondary education opportunities by enrolling in postsecondary courses while still in high school or participating in home schooling.

K.S.A. 2000 Supp. 72-11a01 through 72-11a05 provide for these opportunities through the Kansas Challenge to Secondary School Pupils Act. High school students in 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grades are eligible to take concurrent enrollment classes provided they meet specific course pre-requisites and placement testing requirements.

For more information about concurrent enrollment classes, email April Benne.