Dual enrollment with Monterey Peninsula College offers a stellar opportunity for students to increase college and career readiness while in high school. By adding college courses to their middle or high school schedule, students receive an early college experience designed to better illustrate what is expected in college and career, while sharpening necessary academic and nonacademic skills and cultivating the confidence and know-how required to achieve educational, professional, and personal goals.
Open to middle and high schoolers, dual enrollment allows 6-12 graders (ages 12 and up) to take MPC courses that supplement their high school experience. Students are able to enhance academic achievement, be better prepared to meet high school and college expectations, and explore career options. Course tuition is waived, but students are responsible for term fees, as well books and/or course materials.
Dual enrollment offered through the College and Career Access Pathways (CCAP) program is new to Monterey Peninsula high schools. Currently offered at five area schools, CCAP courses are guided by Assembly Bill 288, which grants community colleges the chance to partner with K-12 school districts to increase college and career preparedness for student participants. This program is completely free of cost to students and their families and is offered on the Marina, Monterey, Pacific Grove and Seaside high school campuses.
For more information about applying and registering for these programs, please visit the Admissions and Records dual enrollment page.
Studies show that students who take on college courses while in high school are more likely to complete degrees and certificates in higher education -- and in less time. Thriving dual enrollment programs throughout the country also indicate that early exposure to college and career options strengthens a student’s success in the classroom and beyond. This is particularly true for students who may not have been deemed “college-ready.”
Also at a time when the price tag for higher education and vocational opportunities continues to climb, dual enrollment serves as an opportunity to lessen the financial burden of higher education. Dual enrolled students are able to earn tuition-free college units that can shorten their trajectory at a four-year university, saving time and thousands of dollars on tuition and expenses.
By participating in dual enrollment, students garner the ability to:
- Navigate the college enrollment process and understand educational terms;
- Handle college-level courses and interactions with faculty and staff;
- Gain a competitive edge when applying to a four-year university or employment;
- Take advantage of on-campus college resources and support;
- Explore career options that can help guide professional goals;
- Grasp short- and long-term implications of academic choices;
- Save thousands of dollars on college units and expenses.
Dual enrollment students interested in taking any MPC college course -- on our campus or on a high school campus -- must complete the dual enrollment process each semester.
Please visit the Admissions and Records dual enrollment page for details about this process. For application and registration related questions, you may also call Admissions and Records at 831.646.4002 or email at email@example.com.
As a reminder, the dual enrollment process must be completed each semester. This includes the dual enrollment form, which must be signed by the student, a parent/guardian, and the high school principal or designee.
For general dual enrollment students, please view our class schedules and course catalog for more information on course options and availability. It is also highly advisable that students meet with their high school counselor to ensure classes are appropriate.
All CCAP pathway courses are currently offered through high schools*. To view current high school pathways, please click on the school link below.
Monterey Peninsula Unified
Pacific Grove Unified
*Please note that, while set for the 2017-2018 school year, CCAP high school pathways may change. For questions, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 831.646.4282.
Students who take college courses prior to their high school graduation are generally considered freshman applicants when they apply to the UC and/or CSU systems. Upon admission, their academic status may be elevated to sophomore or junior standing depending on the college units earned. Private university policies may differ and it is advised that students check with individual schools regarding their dual enrollment practices.
Generally speaking, the UCs and the CSUs award financial aid based on need instead of college units earned before high school graduation. This may vary at a private college or university. It is advisable that you contact individual institutions for details regarding financial aid implications of college courses earned.
As a community college, we are bound by federal law that prohibits us from sharing any student information to anyone but the student -- regardless of their age or educational background. Unfortunately, this means that we cannot outright share student records, account information or grades with parents.
*Please speak to the Dual Enrollment Coordinator for more information.
As we continue to grow our dual enrollment program, please feel free to reach out to MPC Dual Enrollment Coordinator Selina Ayala-Patlan at email@example.com or 831.646.4282.
*You may also visit our Admissions and Records HelpDesk for more information.