Earn College Credit in High School

You have the opportunity to earn college credit while in high school. Through these options, when you get to Western, you won’t have to retake something you already took in high school, saving you time and money! 

Start College Now

Start College Now is a program that allows eligible high school juniors and seniors to take courses during the school year either on Western’s campus, online, or through distance learning.  You can even earn credit at both your high school and Western for these courses.  Your Western career coach can assist in determining appropriate courses. 

Students must be enrolled in a public high school, have completed 10th grade with good academic standing, meet course prerequisites, have written approval from a parent or guardian, and have an acceptable disciplinary record.

The school district is responsible for tuition, course fees, and books for approved Start College Now courses that are not comparable to courses offered at the high school.

Important Application Deadlines

Application must be submitted to the high school by the following dates.

  • March 1 for fall term
  • October 1 for spring term

Start College Now FAQs

For addition information contact Tonya Van Tol at vantolt@westerntc.edu or 608-785-9267

Transcripted Credit

Transcripted credit courses are Western courses taught at your high school by your high school teacher. Once you enroll in and successfully complete the course, you will receive credit from both your high school and Western. In fact, you will even have a Western student ID and transcript when you are done.

Check out the transcripted credit agreements in place with your high school.

Advanced Standing

Advanced Standing agreements are created between Western and your high school. Your high school teacher teaches the course at your school, just like a regular class. Once you successfully complete the course, you become eligible to receive advanced standing credit. Credits are granted when you pursue an associate’s degree or technical diploma at Western or another technical college in Wisconsin. In order to receive the credit at Western, complete and submit the Transfer Credit Evaluation Form. Advanced Standing credit must requested during the admissions process, prior to registration. 

Check out the advanced standing agreements in place with your high school.

Advanced Placement (AP) Exams

AP courses are administered through local high schools, and the exams are created by an outside testing agency, CollegeBoard. AP exams are the final step you take after successful completion of an AP course. If your school offers AP courses, contact your AP coordinator to register for the exam(s). Western Technical College currently accepts 17 of the 38 AP exams available. For more information, visit the Standardized Exams page.