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North Central Now!

North Central Now!

Welcome to North Central Now! an opportunity for high school students in Northern Michigan to earn North Central Michigan College credit through dual and concurrent enrollment. This guide provides basic information for principals, counselors, and teachers and also serves as a base for further discussions with each school district for the expansion of college credit offerings in the future years.

North Central was founded in 1958 and has been your partner in providing educational programs for college, career, and life-ready citizens. Through tutoring services of the Learning Support Services Center, and scholarship opportunities such as the Presidential Scholars, North Central has been a path to college opportunity for students throughout our region.

Dual enrollment courses are offered at North Central Michigan’s campus in Petoskey or at its Centers in Cheboygan and Gaylord. Dual enrollment students are incorporated into regularly offered classes with other college students. 

Concurrent enrollment courses are offered in area high schools in specially designated sections that cover the same college course content while eliminating travel barriers for students.

 Both options offer students the opportunity to earn semester based college credits that will appear on a North Central Michigan College transcript and that may be transferred to any public university in our state.


Student Eligibility

Consistent with the recommendations of the Michigan Department of Education, eligibility for courses through North Central Now! is based on a combination of factors including teacher and counselor recommendations and standardized test scores. 

The MME, ACT, SAT, and Accuplacer scores are designed to indicate whether a student is ready for college success. The PSAT scores are designed to indicate whether a student is on track to be ready for college success.  In approving a student for dual enrollment, high school counselors and principals use the guidelines provided by the Michigan Department of Education and their assessment of the student’s readiness for such work.  At a minimum, federally-based ability to benefit scores of 13 in ACT English and ACT Reading should be used to qualify students for participation in North Central Now!. Using the information provided in the state and federal guidelines, the high school counselor or principal can determine the student’s eligibility for participation in North Central Now!  The endorsement of the high school principal is a requirement for enrollment in dual or concurrent courses.


The Application and Enrollment Process

Students who are interested in North Central Now! courses should apply online through the College’s website, and should seek the endorsement of their high school principal. Only those students who have received an endorsement will be enrolled in the selected dual or concurrent courses. A North Central representative will visit each concurrent enrollment class in the first week of the academic year to ensure that the enrollment process is complete and to review the expectations of the College for all its students.


Dual and Concurrent Enrollment Course Offerings and Alignment

Dual enrollment courses are offered at North Central’s Petoskey campus, at one of its Centers in Cheboygan or Gaylord or through its online offerings.

Concurrent enrollment is offered in the high school setting. Both models lead to college credit for degree completion at North Central or transfer to another college.

The action of the State legislature in 2012 amended the Postsecondary Enrollment Options Act (PSEOA) (Public Act 160 of 1996) and the Career and Technical preparation Action (Public Act 258 of 2000) to expand dual enrollment opportunities for high school students. Qualified students may begin taking dual enrollment classes in 9th grade and may take up to 10 dual enrollment classes in grades 9-12.  Dual enrollment courses can be used to satisfy the requirements of the Michigan Merit Curriculum (MMC) if the content and assessment are aligned. 

North Central recognizes that alignment models in the State are in transition and will work collaboratively with our K-12 partners to ensure that the student experience through dual enrollment continues to satisfy the Common Core State Standards. North Central uses an assessment platform, the Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP) that is consistent with and builds upon the Common Core Standards. Through the fulfillment of the DQP, North Central students receive an education that incorporates Applied Learning, Broad Integrative Knowledge, Civic Engagement, Intellectual Skills, and Specialized Knowledge.

North Central offers course work leading to 40 career certificates and 25 associate degree programs. Qualified high school students have the opportunity for dual enrollment in up to ten North Central courses toward certificate or degree requirements. Although all North Central courses are available for dual enrollment, through its North Central Now! the initiative, the following courses will be offered on campus or in its centers in the late afternoon or evening, times accessible to high school students.

Because dual enrollment students are integrated into existing college courses, they have the opportunity to engage with students from other backgrounds and perspectives in addition to gaining the knowledge and skills related to the course content.


Concurrent Enrollment

Concurrent enrollment classes are offered in the high school with a minimum enrollment of 10 students.  These courses are taught by a high school teacher who has been qualified as an adjunct instructor by North Central or by an adjunct instructor hired by North Central at the request of the high school.  Concurrent enrollment classes follow the same course syllabus and semester guidelines as other North Central courses. North Central Michigan College faculty members and associate deans will work collaboratively with adjunct instructors in the high schools to ensure that course content and assessment are aligned and comparable for the MMC and DQP.

A designated current North Central faculty member or associate dean will reach out to your designated high school teachers for course planning. This will enable them to work as a team regarding the best delivery strategies for the course.

North Central welcomes the opportunity to work with specific high schools with exemplary programs to build a pathway to two and four-year degree completion options.


Student Performance and Transcript

Dual and concurrent enrollment classes are designed to challenge highly motivated students. Course requirements and grading standards are the same as those in courses offered on campus. Students should be aware that the credits and grades earned through concurrent and dual enrollment will appear on a North Central Michigan College transcript that will serve as a part of their permanent academic record. It will also be used to calculate the student’s cumulative grade point average, satisfactory academic progress for financial aid and must be disclosed to other colleges and universities when transferring.


Apply for Admission to North Central

Click on the following link to start the application process: Apply Now