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Earn College Credit in High School

High school students can earn FREE college credit while still in high school. There are many different ways you can earn both high school and Gateway Technical College credit for courses you take as a high school junior or senior.  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. For more information, visit the High School Articulation Agreements webpage.

Ways to Earn College Credit  

  • Transcripted Credit – Earn high school credits and college credits at the same time. Gateway’s courses are taught by teachers at your high school, using the same textbooks and materials as Gateway’s.
  • Advanced Standing – Similar to transcripted credit, but advanced standing credits 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.
    Click here for the Career Prep-Request for Advanced Standing Credit form.
  • 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 those courses your high school does not offer. Earn both high school and college credit.
    Click here for a list of recommended Start College Now courses.
    To apply for Start College Now please complete the online application using the link below. Applications must be submitted to your high school by March 1 for the Fall semester and October 1 for the Spring semester.. 
    Online 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.
  • Youth Apprenticeship – Many students who’ve completed a state of Wisconsin-recognized youth apprenticeship can apply the education they’ve earned toward a Gateway program. Learn more by visiting the Department of Workforce Development website.
  • 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. Common Contract For Service classes include Nursing Assistant, IT, Engineering Design & Development, CNC Machine Tech, Brake Systems, Auto Service Fundamentals, Auto IT for Transportation, Steering & Suspension Systems, Electrical & Electronics System 1, & AutoCAD Mechanical Design Technician. 
  • High School Academies – Students have the opportunity to earn certifications and credentials by taking courses at Gateway's campus with Gateway instructors leading towards a Gateway certificate or diploma. Applications for 2020-2021 HS academies are now open for HS CNC Academy, HS Welding Academy, HS Criminal Justice Academy (General), HS Criminal Justice Academy (Elkhorn Campus) and HS SMART Manufacturing Academy. Applications are due to your New Student Specialists by May 15, 2020.

    Questions? High School Academy Information Nights are the perfect place to learn more. Register at

    High School Academies Application