Earn College Credit While In High School
Provided by STEM Oregon
Portland Community College provides the opportunity for high school students to earn college credit while still in high school. Students, who complete courses taught at their high school by qualified instructors providing the same rigor and content as an on-campus college class, can earn PCC credit.
The high school instructor must have the same qualifications that an on-campus faculty member does. The course must be provide the same content, course materials and outcomes as a PCC course. When these requirements are met the course is considered "articulated" with a PCC course and students can earn college credit.
Students can earn PCC credit in:
- University Transfer courses that count toward a Bachelor's degree in subject areas like Literature, Engineering, History, Math and Music.
- Career & Technical Education courses which lead to an Associates degree or certificate in programs such as: Automotive Service Technology, Computer Applications Systems, Early Education & Family Studies, Welding, Building Construction Technology and many more!
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 49 high schools articulating PCC Dual Credit. In 2013-14, the PCC Dual Credit program registered 5268 students who earned 33,003 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 families of $2,904,264 in PCC tuition and generated approximately 1,011 college FTE.
- 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 time frame, 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.