PCC Dual Credit
Earn College Credit, While In High School
High school students in the Portland area are receiving college credits for high school courses through an "articulated credit" program at Portland Community College called PCC Dual Credit. By the time these students graduate from high school they already have a head start on post-secondary education at a cost far below regular college tuition prices, saving both time and money as they get started on their next steps.
Students can earn:
- University Transfer credit that counts toward a Bachelor's degree in such subject areas as Literature, Writing, World Languages, History, Science and Mathematics, or
- Credit in Career & Technical Education, Associate of Applied Science programs, such as Automotive Service Technology, Computer Applications Systems, Early Childhood Education, Welding, Construction and many more!
Two courses are said to be "articulated" when the high school course has the same content and outcomes as the college course. Although taught in the high school, the course materials, content and instructional quality are consistent with (or "articulated" with) courses offered by the community college. Because of that articulation, a student would be able, following high school graduation, to transition smoothly to the next level of college courses in the subject area.
Since PCC Dual Credit courses are the result of an alignment between high school and college courses requiring college level work, not all high school courses are eligible. Check with your high school counselor to find out which courses at your high school is a part of the PCC Dual Credit program and get a head start on your own college and career preparation!
Currently there are 46 high schools participating within the Portland area. In 2011-12, the PCC Dual Credit program registered 4,284 students who earned 26,243 PCC credits.
As a student of the PCC Dual Credit program, students were not charged tuition or fees. This was a savings to the students (and their parents) of $2,073,197 in PCC tuition.
- Enrollment Requirements:
- You must be enrolled in a participating high school and not yet earned a high school diploma/GED.
- Dual credit classes are regular PCC classes, but taught at high school by an approved high school instructor.
- For new PCC Dual Credit Students - There is a 2-step process for students who wish to receive college credit for the high school course work through Portland Community College. Students must first apply to PCC before they are able to register for courses dual credit courses. Returning students (bypass applying to PCC and) only register for courses dual credit courses.
When registering, PCC students taking credit classes can choose between receiving traditional letter grades (A-F) and Pass/No Pass (P/NP), (providing the PCC department has permitted both options for a course).
The grade a student receives in the high school class (A-F or P/NP) will be reflected on an official PCC transcript unless the student chooses to Drop or Withdrawal from the college course by the specified date. Once final grades have been submitted by the articulating high school instructor, all students' grades will be transcripted.
- Withdrawal/Dropping Course:
- Students are responsible for formally dropping or withdrawing from a Dual Credit course if they do not want the PCC credit. If a student fails to drop during the correct timeframe, they will still be responsible for the grade posted on their transcript (even if it is a D or F).
- There is no tuition or fees associated with the dual credit program.
- PCC credits are transferable to all public college/universities within the Oregon University System, and most other institutions outside the state. It is always important to check with the college or university you plan to attend to know how these credits will be applied. The credits you earn provide an advantage whether you use them at PCC, another college, or on your resume as you explore employment opportunities.