College Credit for High School

NACEP logoNortheast Iowa Community College High School Partnerships offer a variety of ways for high school students to earn college credit while still enrolled in high school. Participating in any of High School Partnerships' joint programming with area high schools is a great way for a student to prepare for future college and career success.

High School Partnerships offer college courses to high school students through PSEO (Post-Secondary Enrollment Options), concurrent enrollment (classes taught within your high school), career and technical consortiums and through articulations. NICC High School Partnerships are guided by Senior Year Plus, which was enacted by Iowa Legislation in 2008.

Enrollment into any of our programs means you are a college student and need to know your rights and responsibilities. The student handbook and instructor handbook contain more information.

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

  • Reducing duplication of courses.
  • Saving time and money.
  • Developing career focus and achieving academic and personal goals.
  • Providing an opportunity for students to get a head start on their college education and a smoother transition into college.
  • Starting a college transcript toward an NICC degree or for transfer to another college.

 View a map of area high schools and their respective contact at NICC High School Partnerships.

Concurrent Enrollment

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 guidance counselor and complete a registration form. Submit it to the High School Partnerships Office at NICC along with your qualifying ACT®, ACT Compass® or ACCUPLACER® scores.

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 and 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 members of 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.