Secondary Partnerships

Secondary Partnerships supports early college experiences for high school students, providing them the opportunity to earn college credit while in high school by taking advantage of one of the following programs:

Click on the program below for more information.

Career Academy

High school students (16+ years of age) have the opportunity to attend a sequence of career classes with a cohort of their peers at a Metropolitan Community College campus. Career Academy programs culminate in a career certificate or specialist diploma.

CollegeNOW! is a program specifically designed for high school students to offer a jumpstart on their college education with half-price tuition.

Dual Enrollment
Students earn both high school credit and college credit simultaneously while attending their scheduled course in the high school classroom.

Gateway to College
High school students who have disengaged from a nontraditional high school setting have an opportunity to complete high school requirements in a college environment.

Nebraska Resident high school students receive discounted standard tuition determined by program type.

Student email

Your Metropolitan Community College student email is provided to you free of charge. To use your email, log into MyWay

Need help logging in to MyWay? Click here for more instructions.

Class schedules, registration statements, invoices and other information are sent to your student email account rather than through the U.S. Postal Service. Communication via student email provides the opportunity to save paper and help create a sustainable environment.

Access College Early (ACE) Scholarships

Student Scholarship Program Act may be able to fund your MCC course, with course numbers of 1000 and higher. Authorized by the Nebraska Legislature in 2007, the Access College Early (ACE) Scholarship Program Act (LB 192) pays tuition and mandatory fees for qualified, low-income high school students to enroll in college courses at Nebraska colleges or universities, either through dual-enrollment or early enrollment agreements with these institutions. High school students may apply for funding under this program by completing the ACE Student Application, which is reviewed by the Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education (CCPE) for award consideration.

To qualify for the scholarship, the student or student's family must be approved to participate in one of the federal need-based government programs listed or have experienced an extreme hardship that affects family income  Free or Reduced Price Lunch Program, Supplemental Security Income, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Special Supplemental Assistance Program (WIC). The student must provide documentation, from their high school, verifying approval to participate in the program or of the hardship.

ACE Application Dates:

Fall quarter April 1 Dec. 15
Winter quarter Nov. 1 March 31
Spring quarter Nov. 15 May 15
Summer quarter April 1 July 1 for start dates before July 1
  April 1 Sept. 15 for start dates July 1 and after

Summer Educators interns  

Contact Information

Daniel Trerice, director of Secondary Partnerships, 531-622-2349
Connie Eichhorn, director of Gateway to College, 531-622-2343
Seconday Partnerships main line, 531-622-2213 
Pat Addison, resource specialist, 531-622-2612
Ruth Schindler, Career Academies and Gateway to College, 531-622-2325