CCAC to hold College in High School fair at Northgate High School on Sept. 19

Article by: CCAC Public Relations

NG School DistrictStudents have the opportunity to earn college credentials at greatly reduced cost and to receive scholarships.

PITTSBURGH-The Community College of Allegheny County and the Northgate School District are partnering to offer high school students an opportunity to earn a 30-credit General Education Certificate through the College in High School (CIHS) program, with classes taught onsite at Northgate High School.

CCAC will host a College in High School fair at Northgate High School on Wednesday, Sept. 19. CCAC staff will be on hand to explain the program and to assist students with registration from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Parents are invited to the school from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for a presentation about the program by CCAC North Campus President Gretchen Mullin-Sawicki and staff, followed by a Q&A. Placement testing for the program will take place on Sept. 12 and 13 at North Campus at 3:15 pm. Transportation will be provided. 

Students who are enrolled in the CIHS program and taking classes toward the CCAC General Education Certificate will pay just $113 per community college course (the cost of one credit) regardless of the number of credits associated with the course. Additionally, CCAC is donating 25 scholarships-each of which will pay for one class-to Northgate students enrolled in the CIHS program. The scholarships will be determined by an application process and by financial need. Students will also pay a one-time $25 matriculation fee. Costs cover all registration fees, as well as access to CCAC's technology and academic support resources. For an additional cost, students will have the chance to earn a 60-credit associate degree should they wish to pursue more advanced courses.

Northgate High School students in 10th, 11th and 12th grades are eligible to enroll for the college level courses, which begin Monday, Sept. 24. Courses offered will include English, Biology, Chemistry, History and Physics.

"This remarkable opportunity has been made possible through the collaborative work of faculty at both Northgate High School and CCAC North Campus," said Dr. Gretchen Mullin-Sawicki, president, North Campus and West Hills Center. "We are very excited to offer CCAC programming to Northgate High School students, who will be able to save a considerable amount of money while getting a great head start on their college careers."

During the 2017-2018 academic year, high school course syllabi were analyzed and re-worked to ensure that Northgate High School students would have the opportunity to engage in coursework that prepares them for college and career readiness.

"We are incredibly excited about this opportunity for our community, as it is important to us that all of our students have multiple academic and career pathways to choose from when they graduate. This unprecedented relationship with CCAC will afford students the opportunity to realize their potential for postsecondary success in whatever they do," said Dr. Caroline Johns, superintendent of schools, Northgate School District.

Obtaining a General Education Certificate, or even an associate degree, remains possible for the Classes of 2020 and 2019, with additional non-CIHS coursework completed on campus at one of several CCAC locations.

Credits awarded by CCAC are fully transferable, which could easily save students nearly $60,000 in tuition and room and board costs over the cost of private colleges and universities. The Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation Center, for example, has identified 10 associate degrees that are almost wholly transferable. As such, a Northgate High School student could enter postsecondary study as a junior at one of the 33 colleges or universities participating in the Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation Center's consortium of schools.

For more information, contact Mr. Shaun Tomaszewski, Director of Curriculum and Assessment for Northgate School District at

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