CCAC partners with Penn Hills School District to offer College in High School program

Article by: CCAC Public Relations

High school students have the opportunity to earn college credits tuition-free.

PITTSBURGH-The Community College of Allegheny County and the Penn Hills School District are partnering to offer high school students an opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school. The College in High School (CIHS) program, which begins with the start of the school year on Sept. 4, offers an alternative to the traditional method of taking the Advanced Placement (AP) exam administered by The College Board.

After a rigorous review by CCAC, the following have been approved as CIHS courses at Penn Hills High School: AP United States History; AP European History; AP Psychology; and AP Studio Art. Students who register with CCAC and earn a "C" or better in the course will receive college credit that can be applied toward a CCAC degree program or may be transferred to another college or university.

According to Brian Brown, Penn Hills High School associate principal, the program is a great way to give high school students experience in a college-level course while saving money. "This is a tremendous opportunity for students to get a jumpstart on their college education, from a cost savings standpoint alone."

Penn Hills School District will cover the cost of tuition for successfully completed CIHS courses. Students who do not earn a "C" or better will be required to reimburse the district $113 to cover the cost of the course. The only cost to all students is a one-time matriculation fee of $25 due to CCAC by Sept. 5. Students who enroll in AP United States History can earn up to six college credits, as the curriculum comprises the college courses U.S. History 1 and U.S. History 2; however, only three credits will be covered by the district.

Students, parents and guardians are invited to a CIHS enrollment session being held at Penn Hills High School on Wednesday, Aug. 22, from 9:00 a.m. to 11 a.m. or 6:00 p.m. to 8 p.m. CCAC Admissions staff and Penn Hills Administration will be present to answer questions and to assist with registration. A parent's signature and the student's Social Security number are required to complete the application. 

For more information, contact Brian Brown at 412.793.7000 x5210 or

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