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Early College

RCC’s Early College program allows students at participating high schools to become full-time or part-time RCC campus students during their junior and/or senior high school years.

Early College allows students to complete RCC campus courses, a certificate, or even a degree by the time of high school graduation!

Students can accomplish this by combining the free COLLEGE NOW classes offered at their high school with discounted RCC Early College classes (taught on an RCC campus or online) that are billed to the high school. Student cost responsibility for Early College varies depending upon high school. Some schools have funding or limited funding for this program. Check with your high school counselor (or designated person who is your high school’s RCC liaison). 

Early College Student Steps to be Rogue Ready

Step 1. Talk to your high school liaison.

  • Does my school have funding for the course?
  • Will the successfully completed RCC course apply to my high school diploma?
  • High school liaisons or students complete Student Interest form
  • Review Time Zone Calendar – chart of registration and term deadlines

Step 2. Obtain your RCC ID# (if you do not already have one) at www.roguecc.edu/admissions

Step 3. Complete the Pathfinder Early College Application and have your parents sign it. Return to your high school liaison and Mindi Terilli, Completion Coach, at mterilli@roguecc.edu

Step 4. Take the RCC Placement Test offered at your high school.

Step 5. Register for classes. The RCC Completion Coach will provide a permission code for registration.

Step 6. Complete New Student Orientation (online format - Log into myRogue and select New Student Orientation)

Step 7.  Complete Online Student Training Modules - Students are required to complete online training modules with information about alcohol and drug abuse as well as freedom from sexual harassment and discrimination.

see Printable Flyer (pdf)

High School Liaisons

The high school liaison submits the Student Authorization Form (for all participating students, both new and returning). This will let RCC know of all the students being invoiced to the high school and provides text book billing/ordering options for the term (high school determines student cost responsibility). 

Program Summary

How does it work?

  • Students are enrolled in RCC campus courses taught by RCC faculty, either online or in-person. Students must be enrolled by the "Deadline for term registration prior to term" date  on the RCC Early College Time Zone Calendar.

  • The students’ grades in these courses are recorded on their RCC transcript. In most cases the high school is also using the RCC courses/grades as dual credit courses toward the high school diploma requirements.

  • High schools give RCC their approval of participating Early College students. High school’s use the Pathfinder Application as a screening tool and keep the student's application on file in the high school.

Course Selection:

  • High schools oversee high school diploma requirements and determine how students are meeting requirements with RCC courses.

  • The high school determines the appropriate RCC Early College courses for each student, in conjunction with advice from RCC academic advisors. RCC’s recommended high school entry points are a good place to start when determining course selection. Students often work towards an RCC certificate or the Oregon Transfer Module before completing the AAOT: Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer degree, or other program determined with their advisor.

  • High schools determine if successfully completed RCC classes will apply to high school diploma requirements. It is recommended that you get this in writing in advance of taking RCC courses.

Placement:

  • Students must meet all RCC course placement and prerequisite requirements for RCC campus classes.

  • Students take the Accuplacer test at their high school.

Billing/Costs/Textbooks:

  • High schools are billed directly for the students’ courses at a discounted rate. Inquire with your high school's liaison to RCC regarding high school funding that may be available and any student costs.

  • High schools vary on textbook policies. Check with your high school to see if they have textbook funding or a specific credit or process for textbooks. Some schools require students to purchase textbooks.

Student Responsibility:

  • It is the student's responsibility to  follow the Rogue Ready steps detailed above, apply to the college online, keep track of their RCC ID and password, make advising appointments, register themselves in courses, take the placement test prior to their first term, watch add/drop and other deadlines on the academic calendar, and work with their high school liaison to determine if the courses will apply to their high school diplomas. RCC is not responsible for monitoring students' enrollment.

All Rogue Valley High Schools are welcome and encouraged to participate in Early College. 

High schools Currently Participating
High schools currently participating: Contact
Ashland High School Jennifer Marsden                
Baker Charter Schools Stormy Ballenger
Butte Falls Charter School Dianne Gorman
Central Medford High School Troy McNichols

Crater Lake Charter Academy

Wendy Daw
Crater School of Business Innovation Science Matt Meunier
Grants Pass High School Barret Sale
Hidden Valley High School Carla Carter
Illinois Valley High School Nicole Kieffer

Logos Public Charter School

Maresah Orozco
North Medford High School Aaron Luksich
Prospect Charter School  Scott Williams

River’s Edge Academy Charter School (REACH)

Cecile Enright 

South Medford High School

Robyn Kondziela
Summit Learning Charter Cindy Kavanagh

Check with the school to ensure active participation.

High Schools currently participating under the John and Lillian Morris Scholarship (funds one designated class per RCC term; limited entry for certain CTE programs; application by spring deadline required; only students at the schools below are authorized to apply):

  • Butte Falls High School
  • Rogue River High School
  • Crater School of Business Innovation Science
  • Crater Renaissance Academy
  • Crater Academy of Health and Public Service
  • Eagle Point High School

 

Note for homeschooled high school students

Homeschooled students may take RCC classes just like any community member. Resulting courses and grades will become part of your RCC transcript and it is the responsibility of the student/parent to ensure such classes will meet and apply to homeschool/high school diploma requirements per state requirements. Homeschooled students are responsible for all course costs and there is currently not a discount. Homeschooled students seeking financial help are encouraged to contact the schools that are participating in our Early College program to see how they might assist you on a part-time or full-time basis in taking RCC classes.