High School Plus

High School Plus is a collection of programs where you can explore all kinds of college classes and careers at McHenry County College while you're still in high school:

  • Partnership for College and Career Success (PCCS)

    MCC's Partnership for College and Career Success program (formerly known as Tech Prep) gives you a chance to start working on a professional certificate or associate's degree while you're still in high school. Statistically speaking, that means your job (and salary) prospects will be better when you graduate, plus, depending on the program, a lot of the classes may be at no cost to you while you're still a student!

    See details on Partnership for College and Career Success

  • Running Start

    Even though you're still in high school, you can take some college classes now, which saves you time and, in some cases, the cost of tuition, when you do go to college, whether it's at MCC or somewhere else.

    Read more about Running Start

  • PCCS and Running Start Registration Procedures

    Students:

    1. Meet with your high school counselor or home school official and obtain permission to enroll in selected course(s). Remember, you must meet all prerequisites for the course(s).
    2. Complete the MCC PCCS/Running Start Registration Form, print and obtain all the required signatures. Please note—you must completely fill out the Course Selection section of the form and have the proposed course list approved by a high school or home school official.
    3. A. If you are registering for PCCS, submit your completed registration form to your high school counselor.
      B. If you are registering for Running Start, bring the completed PCCS/Running Start Registration Form and a copy of your high school transcript or academic record with you to meet with an MCC advisor. Advisors are available on a walk-in basis in A257. Then, take the completed PCCS/Running Start Registration Form, high school transcript or academic record, and placement information (if relevant) to MCC's Registration Office, A258, to register for course(s) and pay tuition.
    4. If you are taking an English, reading, or math class OR a course that requires one of these as a prerequisite, take your placement tests in the Testing Center at MCC, A245. Tests are given at no charge on a walk-in basis. ACT scores may be used in lieu of placement tests depending on scores. Your high school counselor or an MCC advisor can give you ACT score information.
    5. Purchase textbooks in the MCC bookstore .
  • College in High School

    College in High School (CIHS) is a program where classes are taught at select high schools for both high school and college credit. Register at your high school. Contact your guidance counselor for assistance.

    These are the CIHS classes offered:

    Fall Semester

    • AMT 100 (Principles of Automotive Technology) taught at Johnsburg, Marengo, and Woodstock High Schools
    • ENG 151 (Composition I) taught at McHenry West High School and Harvard High School
    • HFE 202 (Lifeguard Training) taught at Woodstock North High School
    • IMT 100 (Introduction to Manufacturing) taught at Woodstock High School
    • NAE 100 (Basic Nursing Assistant Training) taught at Marengo, Johnsburg and Woodstock High Schools
    • SPA 251 (Intermediate Spanish I) taught at Cary-Grove, Crystal Lake Central, Crystal Lake South and Prairie Ridge High Schools

    Spring Semester

    • AET 151 (Computer Aided Design Graphics I) taught at Marengo
    • AMT 100 (Principles of Automotive Technology) taught at Johnsburg, Marengo, and Woodstock High Schools
    • ENG 152 (Composition II) taught at Harvard High School
    • HFE 176 (Strength and Conditioning Principles) taught at Woodstock High School
    • HFE 202 (Lifeguard Training) taught at Woodstock High School
    • IMT 100 (Introduction to CNC) taught at Woodstock and Woodstock North
    • MUS 151 (Music Appreciation) taught at Crystal Lake Central, Crystal Lake South, Cary Grove and Prairie Ridge High Schools
    • SPA 252 (Intermediate Spanish II) taught at Cary-Grove, Crystal Lake Central, Crystal Lake South and Prairie Ridge High Schools