Spring 2010 |
Some students want to bolster their career development. Other students
want credits that transfer to four-year colleges. And still others want to
take advantage of half-price tuition.
One thing these students have in common: They´re all in high
MCC makes it easy for high school students to jumpstart their college
education through secondary partnerships. Whether it´s online, at an
MCC location or in their high school classrooms, thousands of students each
year are exploring career possibilities and earning college credit for their
efforts—all while paying half-price tuition.
MCC has several options for high school students.
High school juniors and seniors can explore various career fields by
splitting days between their high school and an MCC location or online
course. Popular Career Academies include Certified Nursing Assistant, Auto
Collision Technology and Welding Technology. These courses and others give
students the opportunity to think about their future.
"The No. 1 reason [to join] is to test out different fields so they
can make an informed decision about where they want to be in their career
goals," said MCC Student Affairs Associate Mary Rosenthal.
Starting this spring, Career Academies will expand statewide with the
online Information Technology Career Academy. Classes include web page
development, game design and computer programming, among others. The credit
earned helps pave the way for an IT associate degree.
Coordinators hope the addition of this online Academy will expand
MCC´s opportunities to students whose high schools may not offer
Information Technology courses.
Students in this program may take any college course during the day or
evening at an MCC location or online and receive MCC credit.
MCC has already seen growing demand for online courses in its CollegeNOW!
program, especially among smaller communities where high school course
offerings may be limited.
Dual enrollment is another way high school juniors and seniors can earn
college credit while in their high school classroom. Classes are taught using
MCC´s course outline, and credits are transferable to any college or
university that accepts MCC credit.
About 1,300 students took advantage of dual enrollment opportunities last
fall. For students and their parents, the classes make sense both
academically and economically.
"We´ve received nothing but accolades about this program,"
said MCC Resource Specialist Pat Addison.
Other ways to earn MCC credit
Students can receive MCC credit for certain high school classes that match
the course objectives for entry-level MCC courses. Students must receive an A
or B in the class to transfer the credit to MCC. These credits are not
transferable to other institutions.
Students can also earn MCC credits through the Advanced Placement Program.
Students may take AP courses at their high school and must receive a 5, 4 or
3 on the Advanced Placement Examinations to receive credit.
The Access College Early (ACE) Scholarship pays tuition and mandatory fees
for qualified, low-income high school students to enroll in college courses
through dual enrollment or early enrollment. Review the qualifications at
For more information about MCC's secondary partnerships, visit
About 120 students participated in Career Academy classes last Fall.
- Auto Collision Technology
- Business Office Technology
- Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
- CISCO Networking, Computer Programming
- Criminal Justice
- Data Center
- Diesel Technology
- Digital Cinema/Filmmaking
- Electrical Technology
- Emergency Management Technician (EMT)
- Theatre Technology
- Web Page Development
- Welding Technology