Dual Enrollment & High School Students

Earn college credits while still in high school!

Qualified high school students can take advantage of dual enrollment classes through our accredited Accelerated College Education (ACE) program, where students will have the opportunity to enroll in college-level courses taught by their high school or technical school teacher. These students can earn dual credits through both Penn Highlands and your high school. These credits can be applied towards your associate degree, or are able to be transferred to other colleges and universities.

Tuition fees for the 2018-2019 academic year is $58 per credit. Click here to view a complete list of dual enrollment (ACE) courses being offered for the 2018-2019 academic year.


  • How does dual enrollment work?

    High School Pathways

    We partner with high schools to identify both qualified adjunct instructors and college courses that fit our High School Pathway options. Once identified, high school students can then register with Penn Highlands for the courses. Most of the classes offered through High School Pathways are offered at the high school.

    All successfully completed courses will have grades recorded on both a Penn Highlands’ transcript and on the student’s high school record.

    To better serve high school students that take advantage of dual enrollment, we offer three distinct options through High School Pathways: Penn Highlands Academy, Associate in High School, and Dual Enrollment (ACE).

    Click here to learn more about High School Pathways.


    Early College Option

    Outstanding high school students may apply for early admission and take classes at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College during their junior and senior years. These courses are the full college credit price (not the reduced dual enrollment tuition) and are taken at a College facility. To apply for this option, click here. 

     

  • Why should I participate?

    Enrolling in dual enrollment courses through a High School Pathways option provides many benefits. Here are just a few:

    • You will save money. Our courses are offered at a significantly reduced tuition rate compared to standard college courses. This saves you money, now and in the future.
    • You will receive college credit. The credits you earn will be applied towards a Penn Highlands degree or are transferable to many other colleges and universities.
    • You will get a jump start on college. Dual enrollment courses help ease the transition from high school to college by allowing you to experience what a college course is like.
    • You get to stay close to home. All dual enrollment courses are offered in local high schools, making travel to any Penn Highlands facility unnecessary.
  • How do I apply?

    The first step to enroll is to complete an online application. After your application has been processed, you will receive an email that will include your myPEAK username and course registration information.

    Ready to apply? Click here!

  • Do I need to take a Placement Test?

    Placement Testing is required for all dual enrollment students wishing to enroll in English, math, chemistry, or physics. Students must achieve a particular score in the discipline of math, English, or both in order to register for some college-level courses. Placement testing is available at all College locations and at select high schools. Please contact your high school guidance office to check on availability. To learn more, please visit the Student Success Center’s webpage.

  • How do I register for dual enrollment courses?

    If you have already applied and been accepted into dual enrollment or Penn Highlands Academy courses, you may register for classes. To complete the registration process you must log in to myPEAK, so have your user ID and password ready.

    Have your user ID and password ready? You can click here to complete your registration process. (After clicking this link, you will be asked to log in.)


    Don’t have a user ID or password?

    This information is emailed to you within two business days after you complete your application. Please check your email for the instructions on activating your account, including your temporary password.

    If you need further assistance, please contact the Help Line at 814.262.6444 or ace@pennhighlands.edu.

  • How do I pay for these courses?

    Payments for dual enrollment tuition can be processed online through the College’s myPEAK portal for students. Tuition payment options include credit card (Visa or MasterCard), e-check, or by phone with the Bursar’s Office.

    Payment may also be mailed directly to the Bursar’s Office at:

    Pennsylvania Highlands Community College
    Attn: Bursar’s Office
    101 Community College Way
    Johnstown, PA  15904

    Click here to make an online payment. After clicking this link, you will be asked to log in, so have your user ID and password ready.

  • What are the key dates?

    Fall 2018 (Fall & Full-Year Courses)

    Monday, May 14th

    • Application for 2018-19 is available (Last day to complete application is Wednesday, September 26, 2018).
    • Registration opens for fall only and full year dual enrollment classes.
    • Placement testing begins for the fall (Last day to complete test is Wednesday, September 26, 2018).

    Friday, August 10th

    • Tuition payments due for fall Associate in High School students.

    Wednesday, September 26th

    • Last day to apply for fall and full year 2018-19 enrollment.
    • Last day to complete a placement exam for entrance into English, Math and Science classes.

    Friday, September 28th

    • Registration closes for fall only and full year 2018-19 dual enrollment classes.

    Monday, October 1st – Friday, October 5th

    • Late Registration Period. Registrations received during this period will be subject to a $25 late registration fee. No new applications will be received at this time.

    Friday, October 12th

    • Tuition payments due for fall only and full year 2018-19 dual enrollment courses.
    • Last day to drop a fall 2018 dual enrollment course and receive 100% refund.

    Friday, November 16th

    • Last day for Student-Initiated Withdrawal from fall dual enrollment courses.*

    Spring 2019 Courses

    Monday, December 3rd

    • Application for spring 2019 is available (Last day to complete application is Wednesday, February 6, 2019).
    • Spring registration opens.
    • Placement testing begins for spring 2019 (Last day to complete test is Wednesday, February 6, 2019).

    Friday, January 18, 2019

    • Last day for Student-Initiated Withdrawal for full-year dual enrollment courses.*

    Wednesday, February 6, 2019

    • Last day to apply for spring 2019 courses.
    • Last day to complete a placement exam for entrance into English, Math, and science classes.

    Friday, February 8, 2019

    • Registration closes for spring dual enrollment courses.

    Monday, February 11 – Friday, February 15, 2019

    • Late Registration Period. Registrations received during this period will be subject to a $25 late registration fee. No new applications will be received at this time.

    Friday, February 22, 2019

    • Tuition payments due for spring semester dual enrollment courses.
    • Last day to drop a spring 2019 ACE course and receive 100% refund.

    Friday, March 15, 2019

    • Last day for Student-Initiated Withdrawal from spring semester dual enrollment courses.*

    *Note: Students who withdraw from a class receive a ‘W’ grade on their transcript. The ‘W’ grade does not calculate into the cumulative grade point average.


Have you taken dual enrollment courses before?

You do not need to complete the application again. Simply log on to myPEAK and register for the courses. If you forgot your username/password, contact the IT Help Desk at 814.262.6470 or helpdesk@pennhighlands.edu.


If you need further assistance, please contact our Help Line at 814.262.6444 or ace@pennhighlands.edu.

Our Accelerated College Education program is accredited by the
National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships. You can learn more on the NACEP website.