Earn College Credit in High School

You can earn college credit for free while still in high school! You have tons of options to earn both high school and Gateway Technical College credit for courses you take throughout your high school career. The benefits of dual credit add up, including: 

  • Thousands of dollars saved: Through dual credit, you earn college credit worth hundreds or thousands of dollars for free. That means that when you start college, you’ll have less costs in tuition. 
  • Career exploration: Dual credit gives you a more in-depth look at possible career paths, as well as hands-on learning opportunities. 
  • Quick career entry: By beginning to earn college credit in high school, you’ll jumpstart your education, allowing you to graduate faster and enter your career path as soon as possible. 
  • Potential free certification exam fees: Contact a Gateway New Student Specialist to learn how you could take your Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) or Certified Emergency Medical Technician for free.
    CNA or EMT Student Registration Form (High School Student Certifications)

Ask the New Student Specialist in your school for more information, or check with your high school guidance counselor to see what’s offered at your high school

Ways to Earn Credit in High School

Transcripted Credit

Earn high school credits and college credits at the same time by taking Gateway courses taught by qualified teachers at your high school, using the same textbooks and materials as Gateway.

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Advanced Standing

Advanced standing credits are similar to transcripted credit, but are not awarded until you enroll at Gateway after high school. You must earn at least a B in your high school courses and your school must have an advanced standing agreement with Gateway.

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Start College Now

High school juniors and seniors gain hands-on training at Gateway campuses in college courses. Start College Now courses are offered only for courses your high school doesn’t offer. Browse recommended courses and apply by completing the online application linked below and submitting to your high school by March 1 for the Fall Semester and October 1 for the Spring Semester.

The High School Partnerships team held a Virtual Orientation on August 11, 2020:
View the SCN and Academy Orientation Powerpoint Presentation (pdf)
View the SCN and Academy Orientation Video Recording (select "Blackboard" from the sign in dropdown option.)

START COLLEGE NOW APPLICATION

Distance Learning

Virtual college courses allow you to experience free courses without leaving your school. Video and online tools are used to deliver courses using your high school’s VANguard classroom.

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Youth Apprenticeship

If you’ve completed a State of Wisconsin-recognized youth apprenticeship, you can apply the education you’ve earned toward a Gateway program.

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Contract for Service

Local high schools contract with Gateway to offer Gateway courses (taught by a Gateway instructor) at the high school or at Gateway in a closed section for high school students only.

High School Academies

Earn a Gateway Technical College certificate or diploma before you graduate high school on top of just earning college credit by taking courses at Gateway campuses with Gateway instructors through High School (HS) Academy opportunities. 2020-2021 HS Academies include: CNC, Welding, Criminal Justice (General), Criminal Justice (Elkhorn Campus) and Advanced Manufacturing for STEM Careers.

Applications are still open for Advanced Manufacturing for STEM Careers. The Advanced Manufacturing for STEMS Career academy is sponsored by a private donor to the Gateway Foundation. APPLY NOW.

The High School Partnerships team held a Virtual Orientation on August 11, 2020:
View the SCN and Academy Orientation Powerpoint Presentation (pdf)
View the SCN and Academy Orientation Video Recording (select "Blackboard" from the sign in dropdown option.)