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Secondary Partnerships Ease Transition from High School

Spring 2010 | Archives


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 school.

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.


Career Academies

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.

Megan Stevenson "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

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 www.ccpe.state.ne.us/publicdoc/ccpe/ACE/.

For more information about MCC's secondary partnerships, visit www.mccneb.edu/secondary/.


Career Academy

Audio/Visual students About 120 students participated in Career Academy classes last Fall. Programs include:

  • 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

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