Southwestern’s College Now program provides high school students the opportunity to earn college credits while fulfilling high school graduation requirements.

Put your future on the fast track—Start earning college credits NOW!

Participating High Schools:

Contacts:

Coos Campus Contact

Jenny Silva
College Now – High School Relations Coordinator
Phone: 541-888-7271
Email: jennifer.silva@socc.edu

Curry Campus Contact

Janet Pretti
Executive Dean of Curry Campus
Phone: 541-813-1673
Email: jpretti@socc.edu

Dual Credit Opportunities & Advantages
Money: Dual Credit classes are free to students taking college courses taught by high school teachers at the high school. Credits are placed on high school and college transcripts.

Credits: The college credits earned during high school are almost always transferable to any Oregon community college program and many four-year higher education institutions.

Transition: This program provides students the opportunity to take college level coursework while still in the high school leading to a smooth, clear transition to the higher education setting. Student success in the program helps to define educational and career goals.
High Standards: The coordination of curriculum and course content between high school and Southwestern faculty ensures that students meet college standards.

Time: Students can train for a professional technical career or take a significant step toward higher education while still in high school

The Expanded Options program provides eligible high school students early entry into post-secondary education. It also emphasizes specific provisions and priorities for at-risk students. The program’s goal is to create a seamless education path for students enrolled in grades 11 and 12 to:
  • Have additional options to continue or complete their education;
  • Earn concurrent high school and college credits; and
  • Gain early entry into post-secondary education.
Once you have discussed options with your counselor, call or email Jenny Silva (at the Coos Campus) or Janet Pretti (at the Curry Campus) for an appointment.
For more information visit the Oregon Department of Education's page about Expanded Options.
Who is an eligible student?
  • Someone enrolled in an Oregon public school, in grade 11 or 12; or is 16 years old or older at the time of enrollment in a course under the Expanded Options Program, has developed an educational learning plan, and has not successfully completed four years of high school.
  • A student who has completed course requirements for graduation, but who has not received a diploma, may participate in the Expanded Options Program.
  • An eligible student who enrolls in the Expanded Options Program may not enroll in eligible post-secondary courses for more than the equivalent of two academic years.
  • The Expanded Options program is a great way for a high school juniors or seniors to take a college classes on the Southwestern campus or online. These college classes might also fulfill high school course requirements. Costs for tuition, fees and books are determined by the individual school district. Talk with your high school counselor or principal for more information.
The Southwestern Advantage provides eligible high school students another opportunity for early entry into postsecondary education through a partnership between a local high school and Southwestern.

The two schools link up to provide a college course taught by a Southwestern faculty on the high school campus.
There is no tuition cost to the student for participating in a Southwestern Advantage course. A district may or may not cover the cost of textbooks or other fees.

This program promotes a seamless education for 11th and 12th grade students. It provides them with additional options to continue or complete their education, earn concurrent high school and college credits, and gain early entry into post-secondary education.
Home School
Home School students are eligible to earn college credits too - possibly through your sponsoring district or on a self-pay basis. Contact the College Now office for more information about your options. It’s easier than you think!
Advanced Diploma (5th Year)
This option is for high school seniors who aren’t entirely ready for the college experience. These students may remain enrolled with their district and return for a fifth year of high school to earn their Advanced Diploma. These students are enrolled concurrently as a high school and college student.

This option is particularly effective for seniors who might need an additional year of transition before college.

The Advanced Diploma program is something the parent and student should first discuss with their high school principal and counselor.
Advanced Diploma (5th Year) Process
  • Fifth year students will need placement testing as with all others attending Southwestern.
  • Student must meet with their principal and high school counselor to complete an Advanced Diploma Authorization form. Each school has their own official contract.
  • Student must meet with high school relations coordinator at Southwestern to complete the Underage Student Agreement (if applicable)
  • Student must meet with their counselor and complete the Expanded Options High School Agreement form as well
  • All completed forms will need to be submitted to the high school relations coordinator at Southwestern.
  • High school relations coordinator will provide student with college credit advising.
Articulation Process
The College Now course approval is a multi-institution process granted by the individual departments/divisions at Southwestern. The process requires both Instructor Approval and Course Alignment.
High School Process
Southwestern Process
  • Copy of file is delivered to appropriate Office of Instruction Dean.
  • Office of Instruction staff and faculty determine approval of high school teacher.
  • Office of Instruction notifies College Now Office and discusses logistics for implementation. Notice of approval/disapproval provided by College Now Office.
Applying to Teach a College Now Course
College Now instructors must be approved for every course, in every discipline, and by individual departments. This discipline specific endorsement ensures that instructors have been trained, prepared, and mentored by college faculty in the discipline in which they will be teaching. This ensures that students will be held to the same standards as their on-campus counterparts. The following process, qualifications, and timelines apply to new College Now instructors.

Instructor Requirements In order to establish an articulation agreement, the high school instructor must “qualify” to teach at the community college level, and the high school course must “articulate” to the SWOCC course.

For Career & Technical Education (CTE) instructors, the high school instructor would have to “qualify” as a college CTE instructor, with a combination of education and related work experience(s). The table below details the different criteria a CTE instructor would need in order to qualify.

Career & Technical Education
  • Master’s degree in a subject area and 3 years recent full time, non-teaching work experience in the field
  • Bachelor’s degree in subject area and 4 years recent full time, non-teaching work experience in field
  • Bachelor’s degree in related area plus 30 quarter hours of graduate credit in division coursework in subject area, and 4 years recent full-time, non-teaching work experience in field, non-teaching work experience in field
  • AAS degree in subject area or professional education plus 5 years recent full time, teaching work experience in the field
  • Demonstrated competency and/or qualifications set by licensing organizations in the field
For Lower Division Transfer (LDT) instructors, the high school instructor would have to “qualify” as a college instructor. They must have a Master’s degree in the subject area or related area. For example, a Mathematics instructor needs to have a Master’s degree in Mathematics or related area such as Engineering with 24 graduate credits in Math.

The table below details the different criteria a Lower Division Transfer instructor would need to qualify.
  • Lower Division Transfer
  • Master’s degree in a subject area
  • Master’s degree in related area plus 12 quarter hours graduate credits in related subject area (does not include pedagogy).
Course Evaluation
  • Once a teacher is approved, a Collegiate Partner is assigned.
  • The College Now instructor is provided a copy of the appropriate Southwestern course syllabi and a copy of the Southwestern Syllabus Template.
  • College Now instructors must submit a copy of the revised syllabus to the College Now office and their Collegiate Partners.
  • Southwestern departments/divisions will review submitted syllabi to determine if the high school course meets the same standards and content and reflects the pedagogical, theoretical, and philosophical orientation of the on-campus course.
  • Collegiate Partner and College Now instructor are required to meet to discuss goals, grading, outcomes, student placement, etc.
  • (Dis)Approval will be communicated to the high school instructor within 45 days.
  • Requests for further clarification will be communicated to the high school instructor within 45 days, thus potentially delaying (dis)approval for a reasonable amount of time. The College Now office will keep the instructor informed.
  • Once a course is approved AND the instructor is certified to teach that class, the articulated course will be added to the High School Articulation Agreement which is then forwarded to the high school for signatures prior to the end of the school year.
Support
  • The College Now office serves as the link between Southwestern and high schools.
  • It is recommended that instructors use the same textbook as the on-site class. However, recognizing school district budgetary issues and textbook costs, it is not required for all courses. Work with the High School Relations Coordinator to verify text selection.
  • Textbook purchases may be facilitated through the Southwestern Bookstore Credit Logistics
  • Students meet class outcomes through agreed upon performance measure(s).
  • Students fill out and sign the appropriate registration form that is also signed by the instructor.
  • The high school teacher returns the Southwestern registration form to:
    Jenny Silva
    College Now & High School Relations Coordinator
    1988 Newmark Avenue
    Coos Bay, OR 97420

    The Articulation Agreement signifies the high school’s intent to provide a Dual Credit course(s) during an academic school year and should be processed during the previous academic year. The Articulation Agreement contains the SWOCC course name, course number and high school equivalent course. Each instructor must sign the agreement acknowledging their commitment to teach the Dual Credit course. It must also be signed by the high school principal. If a high school instructor is considering teaching a new course or a course that he/she has not been approved to teach, he/she must go through the teacher and course evaluation process. Teachers should contact Jenny Silva or Janet Pretti and inform him/her of the proposed course. He/She will arrange a meeting with the Director of Workforce Development and a subject area specific SWOCC faculty member to discuss and go over the course proposal. The high school teacher member does not have to resubmit his/her official transcripts if the teacher has been previously approved, as the documents are kept on file. The teacher must meet the same requirements for the new planned course.

Preparing for Dual Credit
  • Many dual credit courses require placement testing, so it’s best to get students tested coming into their junior and senior years for writing, reading, and math;
  • Students must complete the front AND BACK of the High School Student Record & Registration Prerequisite Waiver/Overload Form
  • If the student needs to drop the course they must follow college guidelines to drop the course and it is imperative that they speak to their counselor and the teacher. It is possible to remain in the class without getting college credit.
Preparing for Expanded Options & Southwestern Advantage
  • Just as with dual credit classes, many expanded options and Southwestern Advantage courses require placement testing, so testing is important. This can be done at your high school, or on the SWOCC campus (see information for testing times etc. below).
  • Student must meet with their counselor and complete the Expanded Options High School Agreement form
    • Specific courses must be listed and agreed upon.
    • The funding section must be completed.
    • Form must be signed by the student, parent/guardian, high school counselor, and district school official.
  • Student must meet with high school relations coordinator at Southwestern to complete the Underage Student Agreement
    • Form requires student and parent/guardian signatures, as well as, the high school coordinator’s signature.
Preparing for Advanced Diploma
  • Fifth year students will need testing as with all others attending Southwestern.
  • Student must meet with their principal and high school counselor to complete an Advanced Diploma Authorization form. Each school has their own form of which an example is below:
    • Sample "Advanced Diploma Authorization" form
  • Student must meet with high school relations coordinator at Southwestern to complete the Underage Student Agreement” (if applicable)
  • Student must meet with their counselor and complete the Expanded Options High School Agreement form as well
  • All completed forms will need to be submitted to the high school relations coordinator at Southwestern.
  • High school relations coordinator will provide student with college credit advising.
Testing
  • (COUNSELORS: if you are testing a group of students at your campus, please inform Cindy Henry at 541-888-7371 to ensure data is entered for your school)
  • Testing contact information:
    Cindy Henry/Susan Anderson
    541-888-7371 or 541-888-7405
    Summer Hours: Monday through Thursday 8:15 am to 3:00 pm
    Academic Year Hours: Monday through Friday 8:15 to 3:00 pm
  • First set of three tests are free – additional tests require a small fee.
  • Test scores will be available upon completion of each test
  • Conversion table: Click here for a downloadable PDF of the conversion table
Credits with a Purpose: Career Pathways
  • Several high schools have a Career Pathway built into their high school dual credit/Expanded Options program. These courses build toward certificates that provide the necessary preparation to help a student obtain those vital skills necessary for employment in addition to credits that will apply toward an associate’s degree from Southwestern.
  • Click here for more information about Career Pathways or contact the College Now Coordinator.
3.75 Scholarship
  • In-district High School students who have earned a 3.75 accumulative high school GPA, who will be enrolled in Southwestern Fall Term immediately following high school, and placing into college level math and writing are eligible for the SWOCC High School GPA Tuition Waiver.
  • Student must submit a high school transcript mid-year during their senior year if they feel they will have a 3.75 GPA or close to it; and then again at the end of their senior year.
  • Recipients of the 3.75 High School GPA Tuition Waiver are eligible for:
    • The scholarship amount limited to, and not to exceed, the cost of tuition (up to 15 credits) per term for the student’s first year of enrollment at Southwestern. This scholarship does not cover any related class or institutional fees.
    • Must maintain full-time status of 12-credits and maintain a 3.0 GPA to continue to receive the scholarship from term to term.
    • Student maybe eligible to extend this scholarship into their second year of attendance provided they maintain an accumulative Southwestern GPA of 3.5 or better. (Any advanced placement or College Now credits that have been transcripted at Southwestern will apply toward this GPA requirement.)
Transferring to SWOCC
  • Apply for FAFSA (January) listing SWOCC (school code: 003220)
  • SWOCC Application
  • Writing, Reading, and Math Compass tests OR
  • SAT/ACT tests TO SWOCC for evaluation
  • Pre-Advising provided by SWOCC Team
  • Registration (At SWOCC using Mylakerlink) or by contacting Jenny Silva
  • Upon graduation, completed high school transcript to SWOCC
Student Support Services (TRiO)
  • Apply to the Student Support Services
    • Student Support Services (SSS) is one of the federally funded TRIO programs for education. The goals of SSS are to help students graduate from Southwestern, to encourage students to transfer to a four-year college or university and to assist with the transfer process. To be eligible for SSS, students must apply to the program and meet at least one of the following criteria: neither parent has a four-year (bachelor’s) degree, meet the federal low income requirements for TRIO programs, or have a documented disability (physical or learning). SSS services are free and include tutoring, counseling, advising, campus visits to Oregon’s four-year schools, cultural enrichment activities and supplemental grant aid for qualified students.
  • For more click here for more information or call:
    Phone: 541 888-7419
    FAX: 541 888-7231
    E-Mail: sss@socc.edu
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