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NCSD Students Provided a "Jumpstart to College" Opportunity


NCSD students have the opportunity to take classes for college credit at the college, online, or at their home high school. These classes offer credit on both their high school and college transcripts. These opportunities provide students with tremendous opportunities to experience and engage in advanced coursework while getting a jumpstart on college requirements and credit obtainment. Additionally, by participating in the higher-level college classes, students gain valuable skills and resources to enhance and support their transition into college while building confidence in their abilities to succeed in college. 

 

BOCES Manager, Jeana Lam-Pickett, works dedicatedly to support students enrolled in the program, “It is truly a joy to work with high school students through BOCES. Seeing their excitement each step of the way from the first time they enroll in a college course to their success as they move on to higher education. It is always wonderful to see previous BOCES students on campus at Casper College. The success of the students is remarkable and makes us all very proud of the students and the opportunity the BOCES ACE program provides." 

 

Enrollment opportunities for the upcoming semesters are happening now! Students should contact the BOCES office by calling 307-268-3309 or visit their high school guidance counselor to set up an appointment with Ms. Lam-Pickett to discuss the program and register for upcoming classes.

 

Concurrent Enrollment

 

With this incredible partnership, NCSD offers 47 Concurrent Enrollment courses at three of the district’s high schools and on the Pathways Innovation Center campus.

 

What is it?

Concurrent Enrollment courses are taught at the student’s home high school by a highly qualified high school educator who has received a Master’s degree, or higher, in the content area and has met all certification requirements to teach concurrent enrollment coursework. Concurrent enrollment courses earn the student both college and high school credit.

  • There is no limit to the number of Concurrent Enrollment courses a student can take at their home high school, pending they meet the registration and prerequisite requirements. 
 

How do I sign up?

During the first week of class, your high school instructor will distribute ACE registration forms. Complete the form, obtain the necessary signatures and return it back to your high school instructor by the deadline.
 

What classes can I take?

For a complete list, contact your high school guidance counselor.
Examples of concurrent enrollment courses:
      • Automotive
      • Chemistry I*
      • Construction
      • Computer Science
      • English I: Composition*
      • US and Wyoming Government
*Courses have a prerequisite test score
 

How is this different from AP or IB courses?

Some Advanced Placement (AP) courses and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses are also concurrent enrollment courses, but not all of them. At the end of an AP or IB course, the student must take an AP or IB exam. If the student passes this exam, he/she can take the test scores to any college and be granted college credit. In contrast, for concurrent courses, students are given the final grade they earn for the course, and this is added to their official Casper College transcript. They can then transfer these credits to most colleges in the United States. Both AP/IB and concurrent enrollment courses are rigorous preparation for college-level work.
 

Dual Enrollment

 

What is it?

Dual Enrollment courses are taught online or on-campus at Casper College by a professional and highly qualified college professor and also count for both college and high school credit requirements for graduation. All the courses offered at the college are available for high school students to take as long as they meet the prerequisites. 

 

Benefits of Dual Enrollment

  • Enhances curricular options, especially the senior year
  • Builds self-confidence
  • Provides a head start on college requirements
  • Eases the transition to a college environment
 

How many courses will BOCES pay for?

  • For eligible Freshman and Sophomore students, BOCES pays tuition, fees, and books for one course each semester (summer/fall/spring). 
  • Junior and Senior students are eligible to take one course in the summer semester and three courses each in the fall and spring semesters.
The BOCES ACE Program pays for tuition and books for all courses offered at Casper College above the 1000 level, but BOCES does not pay the tuition for Private Music Studio or PE courses.