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Early College Programs for High School Students

Freda Richmond

Early College Manager

High school juniors and seniors may have the opportunity to enroll in college level courses before graduation.  This can reduce both the amount of time and money needed to complete your two-year and four-year degree.  In addition, students that earn college credit in high school are more likely to graduate high school and continue through college.  Students at participating high schools may elect to take a CCC college course at their school; or students can take a class at one of the seven CCC campuses while they are still enrolled in high school.                                                                                                                          


Early College Opportunities:                                                                                                                            


Dual Enrollment

High school juniors and seniors can take a college class at one of the City Colleges of Chicago for FREE!  Students can enroll in the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters. Students in Dual Enrollment frequently enroll in English, Mathematics, Foreign Languages, Science, and Literature. Students can also enroll in career pathway courses including Automotive, Business, Early Childhood Development, Logistics, and Information Technology.                                               
To find the college nearest to your high school click here!​                                                                                               

Dual​ Credit

The City Colleges of Chicago has partnered with a number of high schools to offer college credit classes for juniors and seniors at the high school.  Participating students will receive both college and high school credit for their work.  High Schools interested in becoming a Dual Credit partner should contact City Colleges of Chicago at 773-COLLEGE or​ for details. Click here for the 2015-2016 list of Dual Credit Schools​.​                        




Students must be a least a junior or senior in high school by the time they start a Dual Credit or Dual Enrollment class. If student is younger than 16 and not a high school junior, the student must demonstrate​ college readiness in Math, Reading and Writing as well as obtain permission from the College President to participate.​​                                                         

Most courses require that students be college-ready as demonstrated by the ACT, or the COMPASS placement test. (See cutoff scores below)  The COMPASS placement test may be taken at CCC's college testing centers.  COMPASS may also be available in some high schools; check with your guidance counselor for availability.  Set up an appointment with your guidance counselor or contact a CCC Early College Rep, listed below to participate.  Before taking the test, make sure you prepare.

​Math ​English
​ACT Score ​21+ (Math section)  21+ (English section)
​Algebra Score of 43+ ​Reading Score of 80+
E-Write Score of 8+

Simple Process
  1. Apply to the college - Admission
  2. Go through our checklist to get your materials ready- Checklist​​​​​​
  3. Fill out a permission form - Permission Form​​
  4. Contact an advisor and take the COMPASS test if necessary (below).
  5. Pick your course -  Summer 2016 Class Schedule​

Articulation - Credit for Prior Learning​​

High school students may be able to receive college credit for work that was completed in high school.  The City Colleges of Chicago is working with Chicago Public Schools to create articulation agreements in Career and Technical Education (CTE) areas.  Upon successful completion of their high school course work, students may receive college credit upon enrollment at the City Colleges of Chicago.       

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Faculty & Staff

CCC College DE Representative Phone Number Fax Number
Daley Howard Wooten​ 773-838-7729 773-838-7605
Harold Washington Kim Bowens 312-553-5666 312-553-5868
Kennedy-King Shannice Berry​ 773-602-5037 773-602-5120
Malcolm X LaKisha Hillard​ 312-850-7446 312-850-7338
Olive-Harvey Holly Thrash 773-291-6478 773-291-6599​
Truman Nicole Blotnick 773-907-4344 773-506-3855
Wright Mila Simeonovska 773-481-8234 773-481-8817

Contact Information

(312) 553-2970
(312) 553-3306
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