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Secondary Partnerships


The office of Secondary Partnerships at Metropolitan Community College supports early college experiences for current  high school students by providing the opportunity to earn college credit while in high school. Students can take advantage of different programs such as Career Academy, College Now!, Kickstart Online, Concurrent Enrollment and Gateway to College.


Career Academy provides an opportunity for high school juniors and seniors to learn specific career knowledge and skills prior to high school graduation. Career Academy programs culminate in a career certificate or specialist diploma.

CollegeNOW! is designed for high school students to offer a jumpstart on their college education. Students enroll into sections taught by MCC faculty on campus or online.

Kickstart Online is a series of MCC general education courses for high school students. KSO courses count toward most MCC degrees and are transferable.

Concurrent Enrollment is a partnership between MCC and high school districts. Concurrent Enrollment courses are taught by MCC approved High School faculty who meet post-secondary faculty requirements.  Students earn both high school credit and college credit simultaneously while attending their scheduled course in the high school classroom.

Gateway to College is a nationally recognized dual-credit high school diploma completion program. The program serves students ages 16-20 years old who would like an educational setting that is individually tailored for student success.


Current Nebraska High School students, grades 9 - 12, are automatically eligible to take credit classes at no tuition cost. Students in 9th grade become eligible for the tuition waiver in MCC's Fall term. Students will be responsible for tools, textbooks, and any other associated course fees. Tuition for dual enrolled students will be paid for by federal funding, directed by the State and CCPE.   Learn more about the tuition waiver.




Sarah Hayden, outreach associate
Jessica Mossa, records associate
Jacquie Woods, planning associate
Angela Barona, early college dual enrollment navigator (Millard South)
TBA July 8, early college dual enrollment navigator (OPS Northwest)
Anthony Blaser, dual enrollment navigator (Arlington, Platteview-Springfield, Ralston, Millard)
Shomari Huggins, dual enrollment navigator (OPS Burke, Buena Vista, North, Northwest, South) 
Tara Nettifee, dual enrollment navigator (Blair, Fort Calhoun, Gross Catholic, Westside)
Raymone Sazone, dual enrollment navigator (OPS Benson, Bryan, Central, Westview, Blackburn)
Brandon Terpsma, dual enrollment navigator (Logan View, DC West, Skutt Catholic, Creighton Prep, Marian)
Alyssa Wiese, dual enrollment navigator (Bellevue, Gretna)
Ethan Shaffer, early career navigator
Nadia Williams, early career navigator
Jeffrey Williams, resource specialist Gateway to College
Theresa Banark, assistant director of Secondary Partnerships
Katrina Brooks, assistant director Gateway to College
‚ÄčJordan Pirtle, director of Secondary Partnerships and Gateway to College

Metropolitan Community College Secondary Partnerships