April 28, 2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Derek Rayment
Public + Media Relations Manager
MCC Board approves resolution making CollegeNow courses free
CollegeNow is a dual enrollment program for high school students
OMAHA, Neb. — The Metropolitan Community College Board of Governors approved a resolution at the April 27 meeting that will use Higher Education Emergency Rescue Funds (HEERF) to cover tuition for all CollegeNow students for courses taken this summer beginning in June. Any Nebraska resident high school student can now take college credit courses through MCC without a charge.
“Due to the pandemic, many high school students fell behind or were not able to take advantage of the college credit opportunities available to them through MCC’s CollegeNow program,” said Chuck Chevalier, associate vice president of Secondary Partnerships and Enrollment Management. “CollegeNow is a proven way for high school students to get a head start on college. This initiative will help students reach their academic and career goals, despite setbacks caused by COVID-19.”
CollegeNow is a program specifically designed for high school students to jumpstart their college education. Each class is taught by MCC faculty on campus or online. Traditionally, MCC CollegeNow courses are half-price tuition, but with HEERF funds from the federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021, they will be free of charge (books included) to participating students. CollegeNow courses are also transferrable to other colleges and universities, meaning if a high school student chooses a four-year school coming out of high school, they will have a head start with college credit in-hand.
For more information about MCC CollegeNow, visit mccneb.edu/collegenow or call 531-MCC-2400.
Metropolitan Community College, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, is a comprehensive, public community college that offers affordable, quality education to all residents of Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy and Washington counties. Founded in 1974, MCC has the largest enrollment out of six community colleges in Nebraska and is the second largest postsecondary institution in the state. MCC serves more than 40,000 unique credit and noncredit students.