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Early College Options

NC State offers college credit to current high school students as well as high school graduates. You can take college classes while in high school and apply them towards a degree.


CollegeNOW - High school students are able to graduate with their high school diploma AND an associate degree from North Central State College! How? An exciting Engineering Academy, College-Now, has been developed through a partnership between career and technology centers, area high schools, businesses, and North Central State College. This program offers a unique opportunity for qualified students to get on the fast track to earn an Engineering Technology Associate degree right along with their high school diploma.


College Tech Prep - The North Central Ohio College Tech Prep Consortium works with 27 area high schools and 5 local career centers covering a seven county area, to create seamless careertechnical education programs that begin in the Junior year of high school and continue through an associate degree in college and beyond.

Tech Prep programs stress mathematics, science, communication, and technology. They also emphasize teamwork, handson learning, work-site experiences, critical thinking, and problem solving.


Dual Enrollment/Dual Credit - Dual Enrollment/Dual Credit is an opportunity for high school students to take courses from North Central State College that are offered at their high schools. Courses are transferable to any public college or university in Ohio. It’s a two-for-one deal, getting high school and college credit at the same time. Currently courses are available at some area high schools where most courses are taught by qualified high school faculty.


Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) - North Central State’s Post Secondary Enrollment Options Program (PSEO) is designed to allow high school students in grades 9 through 12 the opportunity to earn college credit and/or high school graduation credit through successful completion of college courses.

The purpose of the program is to provide high school students with enriched education opportunities that are beyond the opportunities offered by the high school in which they attend.

Students may attend classes on the NC State college campus or attend classes taught at their high school if the school offers PSEO courses.


Seniors to Sophomores - The Seniors to Sophomores program has been designed for first generation college students, meaning that neither parent has earned a bachelor’s degree. This program is open to only high school senior students. Interested students must apply during their junior year of high school. Selection to the program is dependent upon the student’s high school academic record and scores on standardized college placement tests. Those selected to participate in the program must be full time students, attending classes on the NC State college campus.

Students completing the program graduate from high school with one year of college completed. Participating students do not pay any tuition to be in the program, however they are responsible for the purchase of necessary textbooks and for transportation to and from the campus.



Comparison Chart

  Engineering College Now College Tech Prep PSEOP Seniors to Sophomores

Full Time student at Kehoe Center

Mechanical Engineering Technologies

Electrical Engineering Technologies

Career Tech Program taken in a Comprehensive High School or Career Center One course to full-time course load (12 credits) Full time – 24 semester credit hours per year minimum
Grade Level of Participant Juniors & Seniors Juniors & Seniors Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors, & Seniors Seniors

2.75 cumulative GPA

80+ Reading & Writing

95% attendance

Recommendation from HS counselor

Interview with Director

C or better in Algebra I, and Geometry; Earth Science and Biology

Student must provide own transportation to Kehoe

Based on Exit Criteria

Must pass lab with a “B” or better to receive articulated credit

Must attend NC State for at least one 3 credit hour class to receive articulation credit

A high school cumulative GPA of:
2.50 + seniors
2.75 + juniors
3.50 + freshmen and sophomores

Take COMPASS assessment or ACT and score remediation free (no developmental courses needed)


Pass OGT; grade of “C” or better in Algebra II and English courses,

Earn a score of “college ready” on COMPASS assessment or ACT

Must be a first generation college student (neither parent has obtained a bachelors degree)



Funding Pioneer Career Tech Dollars paid to NC State  Federal & State funding Subtracted from school district's state subsidy Negotiated between the college and the school districts




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