College Credit Plus (CCP) is a state-funded program that allows qualified students in grades 7-12 to earn college credits while still in high school. Students can receive both high school and college credit for the courses that they take through CCP.
CCP classes allow students to get a head start on their college transcript and college GPA. There is no cost involved with taking CCP courses and there are three easy steps to qualify:
- First, a letter of intent needs to be signed and returned to Mrs. Sincere, typically by March 1.
- Next, private school parents and students are required to establish a SAFE account through the Ohio Department of Education in order to apply for funding. A video explaining the funding application process may be found here. Mrs. Sincere will be glad to assist students once their parents establish an account with a username and password.
- Finally, the student needs to meet the criteria for admission to the college and complete the application process. The ACT/SAT is a required component of the application. If a student has not taken these tests, a placement test will be required.
In terms of participation, these courses are available in multiple ways:
- Several classes are offered on Central Catholic’s campus:
- CCP Business Administration (adjunct teachers from both Stark State College and Walsh University)
- CCP History of Art (adjunct teacher from Walsh University)
- CCP Microeconomics (adjunct teacher from Stark State College)
- CCP Political Science (adjunct teacher from Stark State College)
- Online through any college or university
- On the campus of any college or university
- Classes offered exclusively on the campus of Walsh University for CCHS and St. Thomas Aquinas students:
- CCP Anatomy and Physiology I/II (at Walsh University)
- CCP Sociology (at Walsh University)
- CCP English Composition 101/102/British Literature (at Walsh University)
- CCP History of World Civilizations (at Walsh University)
- CCP Principles of Psychology (online, Walsh University)
A common concern with college courses is the question of whether or not course credit will transfer once a student formally enrolls in the institution of their choice, after graduation from high school. A simple way to resolve this is by using Transferology
, an online site designed to show students exactly what courses will transfer to their desired four-year institution. As always, students are encouraged to discuss this matter with their college advisor.
College Credit Plus can be a fantastic option for Central Catholic families and we are happy to help families decide if CCP is right for their student. CCP courses can have long-reaching effects for students with regard to future college admission, financial aid, and scholarships. Both parent and student should have a discussion regarding the rigor of taking a college course, as well as the benefits and ramifications of the grade and credit that the student will earn. It is never too soon to begin preparing for college, and the CCP program offers students an immersive experience to successfully do just that.
For more information on the College Credit Plus program, as well as testimonials from current students and parents, you may visit the Ohio Department of Education’s
website here. You may also contact Julie Sincere in the Central guidance department at [email protected]