Highland Community College

Kansas High School Juniors and Seniors

What Excel CTE Does For Kansas Juniors and Seniors in High School

In an effort to jump start the workforce, Kansas' new Career and Technical Education Act (Excel CTE) allows Highland Community College to enroll high school Juniors and Seniors in Technical Education programs and selected courses without charging tuition. That's right HCC is able to provide FREE TUITION for technical programs and some classes. Beyond that, HCC has chosen to WAIVE FEES for all technical programs and Excel CTE courses! In addition, book rental for technical programs offered at the Technical Center and the Western Center is FREE! Students taking Excel CTE courses in face to face, IDL, online, or hybrid formats will be charged $16 per credit hour for book rental. 

On this page, we will keep you updated on courses and programs that are available each semester at Highland. If you play your cards right, it's possible to graduate from high school with not only a diploma, but a technical certification as well! Enrollment and transfer information may be found below.


Click here for a list of EXCEL CTE courses!


Do my classes Transfer to Other Colleges?

The Kansas Board of Regents has established a Transfer and Articulation guide listing courses that seamlessly transfer from community colleges to any of the state supported colleges and universities governed by the board of regents. Click here to review those course guides.

HCC has also articulated transfer with area colleges and universities. To see HCC's transfer guide, please click here.

Three Easy Steps To Enroll:

1.     Complete the online HCC application. In the section “Admission Requested For…” the year and semester that you will be enrolling for.

2.     After your application has been received, you will receive an email from HCC with directions for logging in to your new MyHCC account.  A separate email will have directions for enrolling.

3.     Follow the directions in the email to enroll in the course(s) through your MyHCC account. (If you want to enroll in CNA or CMA, you will not be able to enroll online. Rather, contact Allied Health at the contacts listed below.)

That’s it! You’re enrolled in a free or low cost course. If you are taking face-to-face, hybrid, or IDL, you will receive your book the first day of class. If you are taking an online course, you will receive an email with directions to confirm your textbook shipment.

Please note: HCC applies tuition waivers after enrollment. After enrollment is confirmed, tuition charges will be removed from your account. Any remaining balance is due by the end the semester.


Questions? Contact the HCC Director at the appropriate site:


Di Hinrichs

(785) 456-6006



Erin Shaw

(785) 597-0127



Therese Crary

(785) 362-6000


Western Center

Cara Baker

(785) 442-6114



Denise Peters

(785) 442-6129


Highland Campus

Administrative Assistant

(785) 442-6020


Allied Health Courses


(913) 367-6204


Technical Center

Amy Dulac

(913) 367-6204


Note: Excel CTE is previously known as Senate Bill 155 (SB 155)