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Students earn high school, college credit through BCPS-CCBC partnership
08/03/2015

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Here’s a bit of trivia for you – which of the following is true:

  • Students can enroll in college courses for high school and college credit,
  • Students can take up to four college classes tuition-free, OR
  • Students can complete dual-credit classes at their high schools?

Trick question – they’re all true!

Through a partnership between Baltimore County Public Schools and the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC), high school students can participate in a variety of early college access programs, including College 4 Free and Parallel Enrollment.

In fact, just this summer, more than 20 BCPS students took advantage of the opportunity to enroll in CCBC’s Health 101 course and earn dual credit upon the class’ completion.

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Health 101 classes were offered at Eastern Technical and Towson high schools through the partnership’s “CCBC @ BCPS On-Location” arrangement. The classes ran Mondays through Thursdays between June 29 and July 23 from 8 to 10:30 a.m. At the end of the classes, students received a half credit for Gifted and Talented health on their BCPS transcripts and three college credits.

“Taking the health class this summer allows us to free up our schedules for the school year and take one more elective,” said one BCPS student about the value offered by the program. Added another: “We’re getting college credit for less money – it’s a good deal for us.”

In addition to those students who completed the Health 101 course this summer, others also can benefit from the BCPS-CCBC partnership. BCPS students can take CCBC classes on CCBC classes or online. And for even more convenience, this fall, dual credit classes will be held in the evenings at Parkville, Perry Hall, and Towson high schools as well as on CCBC campuses. For a list of dual-credit classes available this fall, click here.

For more information on applying to CCBC and enrolling in early college access programs, click here. Students also can speak with their school counselors or contact a CCBC admissions office at 443-840-4304 for CCBC Catonsville, 443-840-3058 for CCBC Dundalk, or 443-840-2210 for CCBC Essex.

Story by Blake Lubinski, Department of Communications and Community Outreach. Photos by Nate Brigham, multimedia designer, Community College of Baltimore County.
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