Columbia College is a participant in the statewide College and Career Access Pathway (CCAP) Program, a dual enrollment program that allows community colleges to teach college courses on high school campuses during the school day. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and associated remote operation of the high schools themselves, the college has suspended its CCAP course offerings at all seven high schools for the fall term with the hope to resume in the spring.
In its place, to serve as many high school students with dual enrollment opportunities as possible, Columbia College is opening its doors to all high school students to become “Virtual CCAP students.”
What does this change mean for students and high schools?
There will be no dedicated CCAP courses offered through specific high schools in fall 2020. High school students may enroll in any of the hundreds of Columbia College course offerings online, including those with face-to-face laboratory activities meeting on campus or in the field this fall.
Students must apply online to the college and submit a registration form, as usual. Tuition and term fees will be waived for all high school students, up to 11 units, for the fall term.
Students will need to rent or purchase the textbook(s) for their class(es). In limited cases, their high schools may have textbooks available to lend to them.
Most Columbia College courses this fall will take place online, with the exception of some essential lab courses with online lectures coupled with on-campus or field-based labs (e.g. welding, automotive, forestry, science). The college understands the rapid changes in education, particularly in the K-12 system, due to the pandemic and hopes to provide opportunities to high school students who wish to take college classes while reinforcing the primary importance of high school graduation.
Those students who feel comfortable taking online college classes should complete the following steps. Also, students seeking hands-on learning opportunities in career fields such as welding, automotive, and forestry are encouraged to enroll. Resources are also available for those who experience difficulty while trying to navigate the process.
Steps for high school students: Apply to Columbia College; Complete a high school student registration form; Enroll in class(es) – if the class has an English or Math prerequisite, call 209-588-5109 for a counseling appointment prior to registration; Purchase textbook(s).
Students can receive registration help via Zoom meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 25 at 10 a.m., Zoom meeting ID 924 8946 5969 or 3 p.m., Zoom meeting ID 955 5220 2919.
Step-by-step instructions and tutorials can be found on the Dual Enrollment website: gocolumbia.edu/dualenrollment.
Counseling/Advising is available at 209-588-5109; and one-on-one application and registration assistance is available from MEOC – Contact Tira Lawhorn at 209-588-5077 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those that still have question, contact Program Specialist Kelsey Halstead at 209-588-5054 or email@example.com or Interim Director Michelle Walker at 209-588-5045 or firstname.lastname@example.org.