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Ways to Earn College Credit

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.

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.
  • Youth Options – High school juniors and seniors gain hands-on training at Gateway campuses in college courses. Youth Options 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 Youth Options courses.
  • 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.