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Dual Credit

Earning college credit while you're in high school can save you time and money when you go to college! Enjoy more challenging courses and prepare for college. Quite often, taking a class that you enjoy means you'll be more motivated to study and do homework and that translates into earning a higher grade than you would in a class that you don't find interesting. Taking college courses can also provide you with a head start on career opportunities.

Why take college classes in high school?

Benefit #1: You can take more advanced classes. Bonus: You may be able to skip some introductory classes once you become a college student.

Benefit #2: Having college classes on your transcript can help your college application stand out from the crowd. Bonus: You'll know what to expect from college-level coursework which may help you feel less stressed about starting college.


College in the High School

Some schools allow high school students to take college classes as a replacement for one or more of the regular high school classes. College in the High School classes are taught at select high schools for both high school and college credit.

Find out which College in the High School classes are offered at your high school. Meet with your high school counselor or home school official and obtain permission to enroll. Remember, you must meet all prerequisites for the course(s).


Articulated Credit Courses

These courses are taught at your high school, and the credit that you earn is "saved" or banked for you at MCC. You're awarded credit after you successfully complete additional coursework at MCC. These credits are only accepted at McHenry County College and will not transfer to other colleges or universities.


Dual Enrollment

Sometimes high school students can take college courses without receiving any high school credit; however, they may be able to receive college credit once they enroll in a college. Dual Enrollment courses are taken at MCC.

  • Partnership for College and Career Success (PCCS)

    Start working on a professional certificate or associate's degree while you're still in high school! Statistically speaking, 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 high school student!

    See more 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

  • Science and Engineering Academy

    Earn nearly a year of college-level credits over four semesters—summer, fall, spring, summer—at MCC. Open to all academically-talented high school seniors.

    See more details on the Science and Engineering Academy