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Qualified Academy District 20 (ASD20) high school students may receive course credit toward the fulfillment of high school graduation requirements for successful completion of approved postsecondary courses offered by institutions of higher education with whom the district has a written cooperative agreement. In addition, the district offers a plethora of Career and Technical Education (CTE) opportunities, some of which lead to college credit, industry certification, or both.  Finally, high school students in the district may also engage in Work-Based Learning opportunities, which can prepare them for postsecondary opportunities in college as well as the demands of the workplace.

Offerings may vary from year to year, and the College and Career Services Office will annually update our Postsecondary Opportunities document to notify all high school students and parents or legal guardians of the opportunities for Concurrent Enrollment (CE), including core academic courses and career and technical education courses as well as course work related to apprenticeship programs and internship programs.

 

Concurrent Enrollment at Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC)

College-ready high school students can apply for a course at PPCC and earn high school and college credit. All courses must be pre-approved by the student’s high school counselor and by College and Career Services to qualify for Concurrent Enrollment, and students will be directed to course opportunities at their home high school first.  In most circumstances, only in-person PPCC courses will be approved for Concurrent Enrollment; online courses are typically denied unless there is a compelling reason that the student cannot access a course through the in-person learning modality.

To Apply: Students or counselors complete an “Intent to Apply” form. This will alert the College and Career Services office to initiate the application process for the student.  Once approved, students must apply and register at PPCC.

Cost: College & Career Services pays student tuition.  Any additional cost for books or fees is the responsibility of students and parents.

Additional information:

To apply for Spring CE courses beginning in January:

  • The Intent to Apply form is due November 5th

  • The Concurrent Enrollment Agreement is due is November 20th

To apply for Fall CE courses beginning in August:

  • The Intent to Apply form is due April 1st

  • The Concurrent Enrollment Agreement is due is April 15th

Career Start at Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC)

High school juniors and seniors can enroll in this half day program in a technical or trade area of study. Students earn core elective and core academic high school credit as well as college credit that can be applied to an associate degree program. Students attend courses at the college.

To Apply: Students or counselors complete an “Intent to Apply” form. This will alert the College and Career Services office to initiate the application process for the student. The application window will open in January for students, parents, and the counselor to complete the District 20 application; there are also information sessions hosted at PPCC. Program application/registration at PPCC happens in March.

Cost: District 20 covers the cost of tuition, books, and program-specific fees (such as lab supplies) for Career Start courses.  Any additional college fees are the responsibility of students and parents.

Additional information:

To apply for Career Start beginning in August:

  • The Intent to Apply form is due March 1st

  • The Concurrent Enrollment Agreement is due is April 1st

 

Campus Pathways through Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC)                              

Academy District 20 is pleased to provide tuition-free PPCC Campus Pathway courses to students with the academic and personal readiness to be in a college setting. These Concurrent Enrollment Courses are offered at the Center for Modern Learning (CML) or at Liberty High School (LHS). The CML offerings vary each semester, and LHS offers programs for students interested in licensure as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) or Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).

To apply for CML Pathway courses: Students or counselors complete an “Intent to Apply” form. This will alert the College and Career Services office to initiate the application process for the student.  Once approved, students will be given instructions regarding PPCC applications and deadlines.

To apply for LHS Pathway courses: Students complete the appropriate application below:

Cost: College & Career Services pays student tuition.  Any additional cost for books or fees is the responsibility of students and parents.

Additional information:

 

Liberty High School Campus Pathways through Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC)

Academy District 20 is pleased to provide tuition-free PPCC Campus Pathway courses at the Liberty High School campus to students from throughout the district wishing to pursue licensure as a:

  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

Through concurrent enrollment, students accelerate their learning and participate in college courses while still in high school by taking Pikes Peak Community College courses that can lead to industry certification. Families save money on college costs, and students earn college credits that may apply toward their future career and educational goals.

If you are inte­rested in applying for the CNA or EMT program, begin by discussing the option with your High School counselor.  More information can be found on the Liberty High School Website.

 

ASCENT - Accelerating Students through Concurrent Enrollment at Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC)

High school seniors who have met all ASD20 graduation requirements and who have completed at least 12 college credit hours may apply for ASCENT, which allows them to stay enrolled in high school for a fifth year while they take only college courses at PPCC.  

Typically, seniors who took the first year of a two-year Career Start program are good candidates for ASCENT, but other students can qualify as well.

To apply: Discuss the ASCENT option with your high school counselor, who will determine your eligibility then assist in scheduling your advising meeting with PPCC.  There will be application processes through both District 20 and PPCC, and your counselor can guide you.

Cost: Students pay college campus and course fees; ASD20 pays student tuition. Students may be awarded a part-time slot, allowing ASD20 to pay between 3 and 11 credit hours, or a full-time slot, allowing the district to pay for 12 or more credits.

Additional information:

To apply for ASCENT, beginning in August:

  • The Intent to Apply form is due March 1st

  • The Concurrent Enrollment Agreement is due is April 1st

 

CU Succeed through the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS)                                                          

Students may earn college credit for successfully completing select high school academic courses.  Some courses may be guaranteed to transfer to public institutions of higher education within Colorado.  The student is responsible to research transferability. 

To register: High school teachers with a master’s degree in the course content area and who have been awarded honorary faculty status at UCCS receive student registration instructions from the university for their approved courses. Teachers will distribute these guidelines to their students in the Spring for year-long classes. Student’s must register by UCCS’s published deadline to receive college credit. These college credits will only be recorded on the UCCS transcript, which students can order via the instructions linked below.

Cost:  Tuition and fees are the responsibility of students and parents.

Deadlines: These vary and are published in the registration instructions. Generally, for year-long courses, the registration deadline is mid-March and the withdrawal deadline (with penalty) is early May.

Additional information:

 

Project Lead the Way (PLTW)

Students may earn college credit for successfully completing high school Project Lead the Way (PLTW) courses.  Some courses may be guaranteed to transfer to public institutions of higher education within Colorado.  The student is responsible to research transferability. 

To register: High school PLTW teachers receive student registration instructions from the university for their approved courses. Teachers will distribute these guidelines to their students in the Spring for year-long classes. To receive college credit, students must register by UCCS’s published deadline. These college credits will only be recorded on the UCCS transcript, which students can order via the instructions linked below.

Cost: Tuition and fees are the responsibility of students and parents.

Deadlines: These vary and are published in the registration instructions. Generally, for year-long courses, the registration deadline is mid-March and the withdrawal deadline (with penalty) is early May.

Additional information:

 

CU Succeed Platinum (UCCS) and Gold (CU Denver)                        

​​College-ready high school students can enroll in a college course that is offered after school hours online or at an ASD20 campus. Students earn high school and college credit. Some courses may be guaranteed to transfer to public institutions of higher education within Colorado.  It is the student’s responsibility to research transferability.  Information about upcoming course offerings will be available to school counselors each Fall and Spring, and they will share these options with students.

To apply: Students or counselors complete an “Intent to Apply” form. This will alert the College and Career Services office to initiate the application process for the student.  Once approved, students will be given instructions regarding UCCS applications and deadlines.

Cost: College & Career Services pays student tuition.  Any additional cost for books or fees is the responsibility of students and parents.

Deadlines: 

  • Intent to Apply form must be submitted by November 5th for Spring courses and May 1st for Fall courses.

  • Concurrent Enrollment Agreement/Application must be submitted by November 20th for Spring courses and May 15th for Fall courses.

Additional information:

 

Pre-Collegiate Development Program (PCDP) at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS)

Students participate in a three-year program consisting of an intensive summer experience at UCCS and fall and spring UCCS courses held on an ASD20 campus. Juniors and seniors take classes during the year to earn UCCS college credits. Students choose from one of five areas of study: Business, Education, Engineering, Health, or Human Services.

To apply: 9th grade students attend an information session in the Fall, where they learn about the UCCS application process. Application information will also be sent to each high school's College & Career Counselor. Students will also complete a District 20 application for the program.

Cost: The district covers tuition, books, and fees.

Deadlines: 

  • Academy District 20 Intent to Apply form must be submitted by November 5th.

  • Applications to UCCS are due in early November.

  • Students receive notification of acceptance from UCCS by the end of December. Accepted students attend a UCCS orientation session in January before they confirm their participation in the program.

  • ASD20 PCDP program application deadlines will be announced in January each year for students who are accepted into the program.

Additional information:

 

International Salon and Spa Academy (ISSA)

Students who are juniors or seniors may enroll in a two-year hairstyling certification program through the International Salon and Spa Academy (ISSA).  Students earn high school credit while preparing for their industry certification; however, no college credit is awarded. Students attend half-day courses at ISSA. 

To Apply:The application window will open in January or February for students, parents, and the counselor to complete the District 20 application; there will also be a site visit and information session at ISSA. Program registration at ISSA happens in mid Spring, but students must apply for the program through District 20 by the deadlines indicated below.

Cost: District 20 covers the cost of tuition for ISSA students.  Any additional fees are the responsibility of students and parents.

Additional information:

To apply for International Salon and Spa Academy (ISSA) beginning in August:

  • The Intent to Apply form is due March 1st

  • The Concurrent Enrollment Agreement is due is April 1st

 

Work-Based Learning Opportunities

As indicated on the Colorado Department of Education website:

Colorado’s labor market is evolving faster than ever. Students and job seekers are engaging in learning experiences to help them develop advanced and adaptable skill sets that are necessary to compete in the complex global marketplace.

While not a new strategy, work-based learning is one-way education and training systems are partnering with businesses to ensure that students have the skills and career exposure needed to build pathways to meaningful careers.

Academy District 20 is partnering with the Pikes Peak Business and Education Alliance to help students explore and navigate workbased learning opportunities.  Additionally, each district high school has a dedicated Work Based Learning Lead who can assist students with seeking and pursuing work and internship opportunities.
 

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