Early College and High School Students

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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.

Highland Community College's Early College Program provides high school students an opportunity to get a head start on their college education. Concurrent and dual credit courses give students an expanded curriculum by scheduling HCC courses in conjunction with their regular class offerings. Students have the advantage of taking their college classes right at the high school during the day.

HCC classes taught in high school have identical content to courses offered on campus, online, and at the college's regional sites. Courses are evaluated by the assistant dean of instruction before being implemented at the high school. Faculty are evaluated and must meet KBOR criteria for teaching college classes. Classes are transferable to most colleges in Kansas.

Program Overview

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 Early College program learn first-hand the demands of going to college. They experience the process of enrolling in college classes and the costs associated with college tuition, fees, and textbooks. This 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 careers Students who choose college while in high school make considerable progress toward their college education if the appropriate time and focus are given to their studies.

Getting Started

Eligibility & Prerequisites

Tuition & Payments

Spring 2024 Important Dates

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Spring 2024 HS Online Course Options

Fall 2024 HS Online Course Options

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Transfer Guides

Early College Student Handbook

Early College Adjunct Instructor Handbook

Counselor Handbook

Frequently Asked Questions



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