College Opportunities for High School Students

You don’t have to wait to graduate from high school to start earning college credit. If you are a high school student, check out these opportunities to earn college credit before you graduate.

College Credit Plus

The College Credit Plus program offers you an opportunity to earn college credit as early as seventh grade. Courses are frequently offered on-site at local high schools. Students may also have the option of taking LCCC classes online or on our campus. Classes taken through CCP count for both high school and college credit and are FREE for most students. 

The MyUniversity program, a unique partnership between LCCC and area high schools, provides a pathway for high school students to the full college experience – starting in high school.

LCCC offers two dual enrollment options for high school students. The Ohio College Credit Plus program (formerly PSEO), sponsored by the State of Ohio through the Ohio Department of Education, allows students to earn college credits while in high school, all for free. Under this program, students enroll in courses and receive dual credit for high school requirements and for college credit. These credits may be used for transfer to the college or university of choice after high school graduation. Even books and other fees are covered under this state-funded program. More than 3,000 high school students participate in the College Credit Plus program by enrolling in LCCC classes.

High school students may also earn college credits under LCCC’s Credit-in-Escrow program. In this program, students pay for tuition, fees, books and supplies and bank their college credit for future use or for transfer to another university or college of choice.

Program FAQs – College Credit Plus

  • In order to be eligible, students must be in grades 7-12 attending a public or non-public, chartered or non-chartered school or home-schooled.
  • Written permission of appropriate secondary school officials, as well as a parent or legal guardian is REQUIRED prior to course enrollment to assure graduation applicability of courses.
  • The secondary school may require the student and parent or legal guardian to sign a statement of financial responsibility stating who agrees to assume the cost of the program in the event that the student fails one or more courses.
    • First-time participants of the College Credit Plus program are REQUIRED to submit their completed application through their secondary school to LCCC’s Office of Special Admissions by April 15 for summer semester, by June 15 for fall semester or by October 15 for spring semester participation.
  • Before final admission to College Credit Plus, all students must complete a personal assessment process by either completing the LCCC placement assessment or submitting ACT and/or SAT scores. Students must place at college-level in at least one area in order to be admitted to College Credit Plus.
  • Students will be permitted to participate in college-level courses (no developmental education courses) during summer, fall and spring semesters, as recommended by the secondary school counselor and placement assessment process.
  • Students may register for classes taught on the LCCC campus, at an LCCC Learning Center, online, at selected high school sites, or any combination.

Under LCCC’s Credit-in-Escrow program, students pay for tuition, fees, books and supplies and bank their college credit for future use or for transfer to another university or college of choice.

Program FAQs – Credit-in-Escrow

  • Available during the academic year to students in grades seven through twelve attending a public or non-public, chartered or non-chartered school who want to earn and bank their college credit for future use or for transfer to another college or university of choice.
  • Students must be admitted three weeks prior to the first day of the semester.
  • Before final admission to Credit-in-Escrow, all students must complete a personal assessment process by either completing an approved college-readiness exam or submitting ACT and/or SAT scores. Students must place at college-level in at least one area in order to be admitted to Credit-in-Escrow.
  • Students will be permitted to participate in college-level courses during the fall, spring and summer semesters, as recommended by the secondary school counselor and LCCC placement assessment process.
  • Students may have the option to have courses count on high school transcript as well but need to declare this intention in writing with their high school prior to participation.

Home-Educated

Home-educated students will be admitted to dual enrollment programs if the student is 12 years or older prior to September 30 of that academic year. An application can be obtained through the Office of Special Admissions, the Enrollment, Financial and Career Services division or online at www.lorainccc.edu/ccp. Students are required to submit their application and course recommendation signed by a parent or legal guardian and an official high school transcript or report card (required if the student at any time attended a public or non-public high school) by April 15 for summer semester, by June 15 for fall semester or by October 15 for spring semester. Late applications will not be accepted. Before final admission to College Credit Plus, students must complete a personal assessment process by either completing a college-readiness exam or submitting ACT and/or SAT scores. Students must place at college-level in at least one area in order to be admitted to College Credit Plus. Students will be placed in courses according to the College’s assessment process.

Students that are home-educated or that are attending a nonpublic high school who wish to participate in College Credit Plus must complete additional paperwork as outlined by the Ohio Department of Education. For more information, visit https://www.ohiohighered.org/ccp.

MyUniversity

The MyUniversity program, a unique partnership between LCCC and area high schools, provides a pathway for high school students to the full college experience – starting in high school. MyUniversity builds on Ohio’s College Credit Plus program where 7-12 grade students can begin their college pathway before graduating from high school. Additionally, MyUniversity students have the opportunity to graduate from high school with both an associate degree and a high school diploma, free of charge and well on their way to the bachelor’s degree from the University Partnership. Suggested academic pathways starting in high school through University Partnership bachelor’s degrees can be found at www.lorainccc.edu/myuniversity.

College Tech Prep

If you’re a high school sophomore interested in technology, consider College Tech Prep as a learning alternative for your junior and senior year. 

College Tech Prep (CTP) programs are designed to help high school students prepare for college – and earn credit for college-level courses, while simultaneously exploring a possible career field. Students are able to gain hands-on experience and skills that today’s employers are seeking. Programs are offered through all Lorain County school districts. Each College Tech Prep program is directly linked to one or more associate degree or certificate pathways at LCCC. Contact the high school counselors for specific information and program locations.

High School College Tech Prep Program Options

Depending on student interest and school district, students may choose from a variety of College Tech Prep career pathway programs, which include the following options:

  • Allied Health Sciences
  • Audio Engineering 
  • Automotive Maintenance and Repair 
  • Biomedical Sciences 
  • Building and Design Technology 
  • Business Management 
  • Computer Aided Design 
  • Criminal Justice 
  • Culinary Arts 
  • Early Childhood Education 
  • Graphic Communications and Design 
  • Allied Health Sciences 
  • Interactive Multimedia Technology 
  • Network Communications Technology 
  • Project Lead the Way (pre-engineering) 
  • Sports, Health and Fitness Technology 
  • Teacher Education Exploration (LCJVS) 
  • Welding/Materials Joining Technology

Additional information on College Tech Prep programs is available in high school guidance offices or by visiting www.techprepnecenter.com.

Information on specific LCCC degrees and certificate pathways for College Tech Prep programs is available from an LCCC counselor or advisor.

Early College High School

Early College High School is an innovative learning environment located on the LCCC campus. Early College is designed to inspire and motivate students who have potential to be the first in their families to graduate from college.

Elyria City Schools have collaborated with Lorain County Community College to develop the Lorain County Early College High School. To date, Early College High School enrolls students from each district who serve as the core of the program. Students from Lorain County school districts may participate in the Early College High School program through open enrollment provided by the Elyria City School District.

The vision of this Early College High School stipulates that enrollment priority be extended to those students who represent the first generation in their family to attend and graduate from college. Beginning in the ninth grade year, students participate in a combined high school and college experience. Students enroll in courses at LCCC and receive dual credit for high school requirements and for college credit. These credits may be used at LCCC or may transfer to any college or university in the State of Ohio. Students should consult the catalog of the transfer institution and plan their program with a college counselor for out-of-state institutions to ensure credits transfer. Students can validate credits at www.transfer.org.