The Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR) encourages high school students to take advantage of postsecondary education opportunities by enrolling in college courses while still in high school. To faciliate this, KBOR and the Kansas legislature have provided for concurrent enrollment of high school students in eligible postsecondary institutions.
The concurrent program at Highland Community College gives area Kansas high schools the opportunity to expand their curriculum by scheduling HCC courses in conjunction with regular class offerings. This allows students to take college classes at their high school during the day.
HCC classes taught in the high school have the identical content of courses offered on campus, online, and at the college's regional sites. Courses are evaluated by the HCC director of concurrent enrollment and the vice president of academic affairs before being implemented at the high school. Faculty are evaluated and must meet KBOR criteria for teaching college classes.
Students interested in participating in the program should contact their high school counselor or Sara Smith, director of concurrent enrollment at HCC, for additional information and details on the enrollment process.
Taking college classes while still in the high school setting is a great opportunity for high school students to get a head start on the college experience. Seniors, juniors, and sophomores may be eligible to take the classes, as well as certain freshmen with approval from their high school principal.
Students who choose the concurrent program learn first-hand the demands of going to college. They experience the process of enrolling in college classes and become aware of the costs associated with college tuition, fees, and textbooks. The experience helps to ease the transition from high school to college and provides academic enrichment to students who are ready for the challenge of college coursework. Participation in the program exposes students and their families to valuable lessons that will support their remaining college career. Students also can make considerable progress on their college education if they give an appropriate amount of time and focus to their studies. HCC classes are offered at affordable rates, especially when compared to state universities, and students enjoy accessibility to instructors within small classroom settings.