Take College Courses in High School

Why Take College Courses in High School?

  • Graduate faster with a head start on your degree
  • Fulfill your high school requirements and electives at the same time
  • Get a sneak peek at the college experience
  • Save money, maybe thousands, in college tuition

Opportunities for High Schoolers

High school students can choose from different dual credit learning opportunities, including transcripted credit, advanced standing and Start College Now, formerly known as Youth Options. Talk to your high school counselor or instructor to find out which opportunities are available through your high school.

To learn more about BTC’s learning options for high school students, contact Megan Miller at (608) 757-6983 or

Transcripted credit courses are BTC college courses taught at your high school by your high school teacher. Students who earn a grade of 70% or better in the class receive high school credit as well as a grade on a Blackhawk Technical College transcript during high school. 

When you take a high school class for Advanced Standing, you will receive your high school grade and credit for prior learning once you are admitted to Blackhawk Technical College. Other Wisconsin technical colleges and UW schools may also accept that credit. To become eligible for this credit, you must receive an 80% or better in the class. 

The Start College Now program allows high school juniors and seniors to attend BTC as full- or part-time students and earn both high school and technical college credit during the spring and fall semesters. To be eligible, you must meet the following requirements:
  • You must be enrolled at a public high school and have completed 10th grade.
  • You do not have a history of disciplinary problems and are not a "child-at-risk.”
  • You are in good academic standing and meet course entry requirements.
  • You have the written approval of your parent or guardian.
  • You must notify your school district by March 1 for fall enrollment and October 1 for spring enrollment.
Additional Start College Now resources include:
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