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What is the Early College Pathway?

The Early College Pathway is an academic advancement plan in which high school students can earn a General Studies Associate Degree (62 credits) or a General Education Certificate (33 credits) concurrently. The Early College curriculum includes a distribution of general education courses which are usually required in the first two years of many baccalaureate programs.

If there are limited offerings at our high school how would a student complete the certificate or degree?

In addition to credit awarded for applicable dual enrollment courses, joint enrollment college courses taken on campus, applicable Advanced Placement courses with qualifying exam scores of three or higher, or qualifying International Baccalaureate scores may be applied toward attainment of the aforementioned credentials. Please note student must fulfill all of the course and credit hour requirements of the curriculum with 25 percent of the credits completed at GCC. (This includes Dual Enrollment.)

Will Germanna offer the opportunity for students to complete the degree or certificate in all high schools?

The Early College Pathway varies among school districts, depending on their Dual Enrollment/Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate offerings. Students interested in the Pathway are encouraged to speak with a counselor at their high school or contact an academic counselor at GCC for additional information.

How would a high school student take advantage of this opportunity?

Students must follow the Steps for Admission for GCC’s Early College and are required to complete an Early College Orientation session on campus at GCC prior to enrollment. The Pathway begins with on campus courses in the summer prior to junior year.

What support services from Germanna are in place for these students?

Early College students can take full advantage of Germanna’s tutoring, library resources, advising and other support services.

How do the Guaranteed Admissions and other transfer policies apply to students completing the Early College Pathway?

Prospective Early College students are strongly urged to acquaint themselves with the requirements of the college or university to which transfer is contemplated and to consult with an advisor at the four- year institution for further transfer assistance prior to entering the Early College Pathway. Each four-year college or university will make its own determination regarding the transfer status of Early College students.

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