College Now is a Western Iowa Tech Community College program through which high school juniors and seniors can earn college credits while still in high school. Benefits of participating in this program are many:
• There is no cost to the students or their parents for tuition or for books
• Completed courses can earn both high school and college credit and will generate a college transcript.
• Credits can transfer and apply toward an appropriate college degree.
• College Now students who graduate with a 2.0 or higher in all college course work will receive a $1200 WITCC scholarship when they enroll full time the following semester.
Curriculum is developed in close association with academic leaders at Western Iowa Tech Community College. Most classes are held on the high school campus where instructors must be approved and meet all college standards. Some classes are held on the WITCC campus or even online. At present, 28 high schools participate in the program offering 90 courses in 300 course sections.
Class subjects may be "gen. ed." or technical. They may be taken either individually or as part of a "Career Pathway" that sets up classes in a particular line of study leading to a degree or certification in various fields such as Health, Business, Police Science, Auto Mechanics and many others.
Entry to the program is determined by the high school counselor. These counselors work closely with WITCC College Now staff to register students appropriately in courses. Some courses will have ACT recommendations or pre-requisites that must be completed before entry. So, students interested in College Now should contact their high school counselor as early as spring of their sophomore year to find out what options and opportunities are available to them.
Contact your high school counselor to get started!