College Now

College Now at JCCC

High school students can get a jump start on college classes through College Now. JCCC’s College Now program is a concurrent credit program for county high school sophomores, juniors and seniors or ninth-grade students identified as gifted with a current Individual Education Plan. College Now students enroll in selected college classes, such as composition or U.S. history, offered at and in cooperation with the high school. The courses reflect the college’s content, objectives and assignments and are taught on the high school campus by qualified high school teachers.

The nationally accredited College Now program continually looks for ways to challenge students, support teachers and strengthen schools. This fall, to enhance the collegial relationships and communication with our valued high school partners, JCCC faculty liaisons, who have long represented each discipline within the College Now program, have a high school discipline-specific counterpart.

The high school liaisons were nominated by their peers, submitted application materials detailing their ideas for the new liaison role and the College Now program overall, and were interviewed by the appropriate JCCC faculty liaison. Those selected will serve a two-year term as leaders in the College Now program. Half of the high school liaisons began their term in 2009-2010; the rest will begin in 2010-2011.

College Now high school subject area liaisons starting in fall 2010 are:

  • Economics - Rebecca Murphy, Shawnee Mission East
  • English - Sherry Unruh, Blue Valley Northwest
  • History - Walt Cochran, Gardner-Edgerton
  • Mathematics - Dave Mitchell, Bishop Miege
  • Political science - Nancy Pence, Blue Valley North
  • Psychology - Jerry Banks, Olathe North

"I believe the high school subject area liaison can play an important role in solidifying what is already an outstanding partnership between the community college and area high schools participating in the College Now program,” Mitchell said.

During fall 2009, College Now enrollment totaled more than 2,500 students in 24 different locations. In spring 2010, 1,500 high school students were enrolled in College Now. In studies of former College Now students, 98 percent continue their education at colleges and universities, while 97 percent say their courses transferred for credit to colleges other than JCCC. Nearly 98 percent of College Now students would recommend the program to a friend.