High School Partnerships

If you are a high school student, you may be able to earn college credit at NICC while still in high school. NICC High School Partnerships offer a variety of ways to earn college credit while still enrolled in high school through PSEO (Post-Secondary Enrollment Options), concurrent enrollment (classes taught within your high school), career and technical consortiums and through articulations. High School Partnerships are guided by Senior Year Plus and the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP). Enrollment in any of the High School Partnerships programs means you are a college student and need to know your rights and responsibilities.

Benefits of earning both college and high school credits simultaneously include:

  • Reduce duplication of courses.
  • Save time by getting a head start on your college education.
  • Save tuition dollars.
  • Develop career focus and achieve academic and personal goals.
  • Provide an opportunity for students to smoothly transition into college.
  • Establish a college transcript that leads to an NICC degree or transfers to a four-year college or university.

High School Partnership Resources

Concurrent Enrollment

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High School Partnerships' concurrent enrollment program is accredited by the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships. These classes enable high school students who have met the eligibility requirements of the College and high school to take college coursework. High school instructors who have been approved by the College teach these college courses using the NICC curriculum. If you are interested in concurrent enrollment courses, meet with your high school counselor and complete a registration form. Submit the completed form to the High School Partnerships Office along with your qualifying ACT®, ACT Compass® or ACCUPLACER® scores.

View a list of available college credit courses through area high schools.

The Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Act (PSEO)

The Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Act (PSEO) allows high school juniors, seniors and TAG ninth and tenth grade students to enroll part-time in college credit courses at NICC prior to high school graduation.

Students earn both high school and college credit for successfully completing college-level coursework. These post-secondary credits are transferable to other colleges and universities depending on the degree requirements at that institution. High school students must meet the requirements and guidelines for the NICC class for which they are registering including a qualifying ACT®, ACT Compass® or ACCUPLACER® score. There is no cost to parents or students if the course is successfully completed.

If you are interested in PSEO courses, please complete this form with your high school guidance counselor.

Articulated Courses

Articulated courses between a high school and NICC allow students to receive college credit in career and technical programs provided they meet the agreed upon core competencies and performance levels. Competencies are agreed upon between the high school, College faculty and the department dean. Credit is entered on an NICC transcript after the student has successfully completed 12 NICC credits post high school. Students must attend NICC within 12 months of high school graduation to be eligible for articulated credit. Articulated courses do not contribute to the student’s NICC grade point average, but do satisfy specific career program requirements. Learn more about the articulation process.

Career and Technical Programming

Coordinators with Northeast Iowa Community College High School Partnerships provide assistance in developing and improving career and technical programs (CTE) in Region 1 high schools. To ensure schools meet requirements for state and federal Perkins funding, the coordinators work closely with the Iowa Department of Education and Keystone AEA.

Each fall and spring, NICC and Keystone AEA partner to offer professional development opportunities to Region 1 CTE teachers. Other career and technical events occur throughout the year.

In Iowa, high schools are required to offer three units (one semester of class equals 0.5 unit) in four of the six CTE areas:

  • Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
  • Applied Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Manufacutring
  • Arts, Communications and Information Systems
  • Business, Finance Marketing and Management
  • Human Services
  • Health Sciences

Region 1 high schools are currently in the process of developing programs of study and technical skill assessments to achieve compliance with federal Perkins funding requirements. Schools are encouraged to contact their High School Partnerships coordinator prior to a Department of Education site visit regarding CTE requirements.