College Readiness Articles

Community college, K-12 partnership to simplify college access

Portland Community College (PCC) has entered into a direct admissions agreement to seamlessly admit all graduating seniors from Beaverton High School and its Early College High School. This pilot program will allow Beaverton seniors from the 2024-25 school year to be directly enrolled at PCC, starting in the fall of 2025. This initiative, aimed at […]

Signing up for a better future

Nick DiVito and Myles James, who are currently excelling in their first year as automotive technology students at Waubonsee Community College, initially did not consider attending college after graduating high school. During their senior year at Yorkville and Sandwich High Schools, they attended half-day classes and spent the other half at the Indian Valley Vocation […]

A head start on making a difference

Sinclair Community College is empowering 10 ambitious high school students from Trotwood-Madison City Schools to pursue careers as emergency medical technicians (EMTs) through a unique partnership program. This initiative allows the students to complete classes after school at Trotwood-Madison High School and participate in hands-on labs at Sinclair’s state-of-the-art EMS facilities. The program was developed […]

Working together to expand dual-credit access

Dakota Pawlicki knows about education and the challenges the sector faces with improving access and college graduation rates. Since Northeast Community College (Nebraska) is now offering tuition-free dual credit college classes to high school students, it is looking to expand the opportunities for all students. Kayla Burdick, Northeast director of Early College Projects, said identifying […]

GTECHS is equation for success for math teacher

Four days after graduating from East Mississippi Community College (EMCC) on May 7, 2019, Alexis Turner walked across the same stage in the college’s Lyceum Auditorium to receive her high school diploma from the Golden Triangle Early College High School (GTECHS). Fast forward to today, and Turner, 22, who resides in Starkville, is in her […]

Program accelerates interest in automotive careers

Gerardo Martinez’s foot barely reached the gas pedal on his grandfather’s old pickup truck the first time he revved the engine. But he instantly fell in love with that powerful sound. “I was five or six years old and he had this big old truck,” remembered Martinez, who will be a sophomore at Milwaukee’s Tenor […]

Home-school enrichment

As the number of home-schooling families rises, some community colleges are deepening their relationships with home-school communities and providing enrichment programming to enhance students’ education. At College of Southern Maryland (CSM), a home-school enrichment program started with a conversation. Like all community colleges, CSM welcomes home-school students on campus for summer youth camps and dual-enrollment […]

Advancing parents through AVANCE

In Texas, Austin Community College District (ACC) teamed up with AVANCE-Austin and WorkForce Solutions Capital Area to launch a new program that supports parents who want to go to college and advance in their careers. The AVANCE to College Program was designed specifically for parents with young children in historically marginalized communities. The program provides […]

Celebrating future students

Stanly Community College (SCC) is not only celebrating its own graduates, but also recently celebrated the area’s graduating high school seniors who committed to pursue their education at SCC beginning this fall. Much like the athletic signing events for students who commit to play sports at the collegiate level, these “Yes to SuCCess” signing celebrations […]

Filling in the gaps in dual enrollment

Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) has offered dual-enrollment programming since 2004. But after analyzing its dual-enrollment data in recent years, NOVA leaders saw some big gaps and took action. Leaders wanted to find out what the college and students were getting from its dual enrollment. There were benefits, of course. Dual enrollment brings in state […]