Students have the opportunity to earn college credentials at greatly reduced cost and to receive scholarships.
PITTSBURGH-The Community College of
Allegheny County and the Northgate School District are partnering
to offer high school students an opportunity to earn a 30-credit
General Education Certificate through the College in High School
(CIHS) program, with classes taught onsite at Northgate High
CCAC will host a College in High
School fair at Northgate High School on Wednesday, Sept. 19. CCAC
staff will be on hand to explain the program and to assist students
with registration from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Parents are invited
to the school from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for a presentation about
the program by CCAC North Campus President Gretchen Mullin-Sawicki
and staff, followed by a Q&A. Placement testing for the program
will take place on Sept. 12 and 13 at North Campus at 3:15 pm.
Transportation will be provided.
Students who are enrolled in the
CIHS program and taking classes toward the CCAC General Education
Certificate will pay just $113 per community college course (the
cost of one credit) regardless of the number of credits associated
with the course. Additionally, CCAC is donating 25
scholarships-each of which will pay for one class-to Northgate
students enrolled in the CIHS program. The scholarships will be
determined by an application process and by financial need.
Students will also pay a one-time $25 matriculation fee. Costs
cover all registration fees, as well as access to CCAC's technology
and academic support resources. For an additional cost, students
will have the chance to earn a 60-credit associate degree should
they wish to pursue more advanced courses.
Northgate High School students in
10th, 11th and
12th grades are eligible to enroll for the college
level courses, which begin Monday, Sept. 24. Courses offered will
include English, Biology, Chemistry, History and Physics.
"This remarkable opportunity has
been made possible through the collaborative work of faculty at
both Northgate High School and CCAC North Campus," said
Dr. Gretchen Mullin-Sawicki, president, North Campus and West Hills
Center. "We are very excited to offer CCAC programming to
Northgate High School students, who will be able to save a
considerable amount of money while getting a great head start on
their college careers."
During the 2017-2018 academic year,
high school course syllabi were analyzed and re-worked to ensure
that Northgate High School students would have the opportunity to
engage in coursework that prepares them for college and career
"We are incredibly excited about
this opportunity for our community, as it is important to us that
all of our students have multiple academic and career pathways to
choose from when they graduate. This unprecedented relationship
with CCAC will afford students the opportunity to realize their
potential for postsecondary success in whatever they
do," said Dr. Caroline Johns, superintendent of schools,
Northgate School District.
Obtaining a General Education
Certificate, or even an associate degree, remains possible for the
Classes of 2020 and 2019, with additional non-CIHS coursework
completed on campus at one of several CCAC locations.
Credits awarded by CCAC are fully
transferable, which could easily save students nearly $60,000 in
tuition and room and board costs over the cost of private colleges
and universities. The Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation
Center, for example, has identified 10 associate degrees that are
almost wholly transferable. As such, a Northgate High School
student could enter postsecondary study as a junior at one of the
33 colleges or universities participating in the Pennsylvania
Transfer and Articulation Center's consortium of schools.
For more information, contact Mr.
Shaun Tomaszewski, Director of Curriculum and Assessment for
Northgate School District at firstname.lastname@example.org