• College Credit Plus (CCP) is a program that offers high school students the opportunity to earn college credits while still in high school. CCP can be an excellent way for motivated students to get a head start on their college education, but it is important to understand both the benefits and potential drawbacks associated with this program.


    Benefits of College Credit Plus:

    1. Advanced Coursework: CCP allows students to take college-level courses, providing a more challenging academic experience and preparing them for the rigor of higher education.

    2. College Credits: Successfully completing CCP courses earns students both high school and college credits, potentially reducing the time and cost required to obtain a college degree.

    3. Exploration of Interests: CCP enables students to explore various subjects and disciplines before committing to a specific major, helping them make more informed decisions about their future academic and career paths.

    4. College Experience: By taking courses on a college campus or online, students gain exposure to the college environment, including interacting with professors, navigating campus resources, and experiencing a more independent learning environment.

    5. College Admissions: Successfully completing college courses can raise students GPA. When students graduate and apply to college, the successful completion of CCP courses is often used in admission decisions.


    Potential Drawbacks of College Credit Plus:

    1. Academic Demands: CCP courses can be more challenging and time-consuming than regular high school classes, requiring students to manage their time effectively and balance their workload.

    2. Limited High School Experience: Participating in CCP may result in missing out on traditional high school experiences such as extracurricular activities, sports, and social events.

    3. Financial Considerations: While CCP courses are often funded by the state, additional costs such as transportation, and fees may still be incurred by students and their families. If students fail a course, they may be charged the full cost of the failed course.

    4. College Performance: Grades earned in CCP courses become a part of the student's permanent college transcript, potentially impacting not only their high school GPA but their college GPA and future academic opportunities.


    How College Credit Plus Differs from High School:

    1. Course Structure: CCP courses are typically more rigorous and fast-paced compared to high school classes, requiring greater self-discipline and independent study skills.

    2. Grading System: College courses often have different grading scales and expectations, with a heavier emphasis on exams, papers, and projects rather than daily assignments and homework.

    3. Flexibility: CCP offers students the flexibility to choose courses that align with their interests and goals, allowing for a more personalized and tailored educational experience.

    4. College Resources: CCP students have access to college resources such as libraries, research facilities, and academic support services, providing a glimpse into the resources available at the collegiate level.


    It is crucial for students and parents to carefully consider the advantages and disadvantages of participating in College Credit Plus. We encourage open discussions with school counselors, teachers, and college advisors to make informed decisions that align with individual goals and aspirations.


    As always, MC2STEM counselors are committed to supporting our students in their educational journey. We are here to provide guidance, answer questions, and assist in navigating the College Credit Plus program.