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|About College Credit in High School
There are many ways high school students can earn college credit in high school (CCHS) through Kirkwood. Options range from taking one or two unrelated college level classes
all the way up to completing a sequence of courses in a Career Academy.
These experiences are primarily designed for juniors and seniors, allowing them to experiment with different academic areas and learn their true passions before committing to one subject area in college.
The Benefits of Earning College Credit in High School
Regardless of the CCHS option they choose, students earn both high school and college credit, and at no cost to them and their families.
Last year alone, families saved $5.1 million
in college tuition by taking advantage of CCHS.
Get hands-on, real-world experience
Career Academy courses focus on career exploration while also aligning with industry workforce needs. Students can even earn industry-recognized certifications for immediate employment opportunities.
Kirkwood consistently meets with industry representatives to find out what skills they want to see in new employees. Our programs are built around that information.
Experience the rigor of college coursework
Get a sense of what to expect in college at no cost to your family.
The proof is in the numbers.
According to a recent Iowa State University study, students entering college with prior college credit have:
- Higher grade point averages (their first semester and year)
- Higher retention (their first and second year)
- Higher graduation rates
- Graduate in less time than students without CCHS
- Change majors less than students without CCHS
- Add minors and second majors more than students without CCHS