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Dual Credit Opportunities


Clark College's service district includes more than 15 public school districts, and more than half of our students come directly from local high schools. For that reason, Clark College supports strategic partnerships that guide a student's successful path to college. 

Through our CTE Dual Credit, Running Start, and College in the High Schools programs students can prepare for a higher education while still enrolled in High School.

Getting a Head Start On a College Education

Students benefit from participating in Dual Enrollment programs, which allows them to take college-level courses and earn college credits while in high school. The rigor and content of Dual Enrollment courses are matched to those at Clark to ensure students receive the training they need to advance through to completion, essentially giving them a head start at Clark. 

Students in Dual Enrollment programs earn certificates or associate degrees which align to create pathways to jobs, bachelor's degrees, and more. 

CTE Dual Credit

CTE Dual Credit, formerly known as Tech Prep, puts high school students on the pathway to a degree from Clark College. Students complete selected Career & Technical Education classes while still in high school. This unique partnership between Clark College and participating area high schools allows students to earn high school and college credits at the same time. 

Running Start

Running Start is a statewide partnership between community and technical colleges and local high schools. The program allows high school juniors and seniors to attend the college tuition-free and have the credits count for both high school and college credit. College credits are paid for by the high school, saving families money as students begin their college careers.

College in the High School

College in the High School is a partnership between local school districts and Clark College. The program offers high school students the opportunity to earn college credits from Clark College while completing pre-approved advanced high school courses. Faculty from both institutions work collaboratively to ensure curriculum meets standards achieved at the college level.