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Dual Enrollment & Early College

Dual Enrollment

The Dual Enrollment Program at Alpena Community College provides eligible high school students with the opportunity to enroll in an array of ACC courses that are held either at the ACC campuses, at several off-campus locations throughout the area, and/or online. Every semester, an average of 280 northeast lower Michigan high school students dual enroll at ACC and acquire valuable educational and financial benefits.


Benefits of Dual Enrollment

  • Educational Opportunities  
    Dual enrollment provides students with the opportunity to supplement their high school curriculum with a greater selection of more advanced college courses. ACC offers an array of general education and occupational training courses that students may not otherwise experience in high school.
  • College Credit
    Dual enrollment provides students with the opportunity to earn college credits before they graduate from high school. As a result, students begin their freshman year of college ahead of most of their peers. 
  • Financial Rewards
    Students and parents also receive financial benefits as a result of dual enrollment. Through dual enrollment, school districts pay most or all of the costs and students save hundreds of dollars in college expenses.

Dual Enrollment OptionsIn order to meet the varying needs of students, ACC has developed three options for those interested in dual enrollment.  Students should discuss these options with their families and high school guidance counselor or principal in order to select the best fit.

Classes held at ACC The majority of dual enrollment students attend college classes that are held at the ACC campuses. This allows students to experience a true college environment and also gives them access to a greater number of courses.

This option is ideal for students who are willing and able to commute to Alpena or Oscoda for classes and wish to be able to utilize ACC campus services such as the library, Student Services Center, and computer labs.

Classes held off-campus ACC offers a number of courses every semester at off-campus locations such as Hillman, Rogers City, Tawas, and Whittemore-Prescott.

This option is ideal for students who prefer the convenience and familiarity of attending classes in their own community and wish to be able to directly interact with the instructor and other students in a classroom setting.

Online classes For students whose schedules or locality make it difficult to attend standard classes, ACC offers selected courses online.  These online courses are similar to typical courses in that they must be completed during the normal semester and there are timelines for discussions, assignments, and exams. However, online course delivery is flexible in time and place by delivering instruction via the Internet and the student's computer. 

This dual enrollment option is not right for everyone.  However, it may be ideal for students who possess a high degree of self-discipline, the ability to learn independently, moderate computer skills, the necessary technical requirements, and those who have received instructor approval.


Early College

Associate in Arts Early College Guide

Year 1
11th-grade yr FA  (at the high school) credits 11th-grade yr SP (ACC campus) credits
SPE 121 a
3 HST 222 or ANP 121 b 3
Total Credits 3 Total Credits 3

Year 2
12th-grade yr FA   12th-grade yr SP   
ENG 111 /121 c 3 ENG 112/122 f 3
MTH 121/MTH 223/MTH 122 d  4 BIO 114 (& BIO 114L)g 4
PHS 113 (& PHS 113L) or GEO 127 (& GEO 127L) e 4 PSY 101 h 3
    PHL 228 i 3
Total Credits 11 Total Credits  (MTA completed) 13

Year 3
13th-grade yr FA credits 13th-grade yr SP  credits
ECN 232 3 HUM 242  4
HST 121 3 HST 122  3
HUM 241 4 Elective (based on major) 3
Elective (based on major) 2-3 Elective (based on major)  3
PLS 221 or HST 221/222 3    
Total Credits 15-16 Total Credits 14


Dual Enrollment(DE)/Video Conferencing (VCS) Electives Fall options: APP 100e, BUS 121, CRJ 121, ENG 244, MTH 110; SOC 123; FRN 121
DE/VCS Electives Spring options: BUS 124, CEM 111, CRJ 121, ENG 203; PHL 123, SOC 123

MTA requirements:
a, i  Meets Humanities/fine arts requirement- 2 courses different disciplines
b, h Meets Social science requirement- 2 courses different disciplines 
e, g Meets Natural science requirement- 2 courses different disciplines 
c Meets English Comp I requirement; f Meets English Comp II requirement 
d Meets math requirement; Note: Remedial MTH students will take MTH 113 in 12th-grade yr Fall, MTH 223/MTH 121 12th grade yr Spring instead of BIO, and BIO 13 yr Spring;   Calculus track students will take MTH 123 12th grade yr Spring instead of BIO and take BIO 13th-grade yr Spring 
Note: Students who start Spring 11th grade yr will take SPE 121 11th Grade Spring and add HST 221 or ANP 121 12th grade year Fall


Associate in Science Early College Guide

Year 1
11th-grade yr FA  (at the high school) credits 11th-grade yr SP (ACC campus)  
SPE 121 a 3 HST 222 or ANP 121 b 3
Total Credits 3 Total Credits 3

Year 2
12th-grade yr FA   12th-grade yr SP  
ENG 111 /121 c 3 ENG 112/122 f 3
MTH 123(131)d 4-5 MTH 131 (132; 223)  4-5
CEM 111 (121) e 4 CEM 112 (122) 4
    PHL 228 g 3
Total Credits 11-12  Total Credits 14-15

Year 3
13th-grade yr FA credits 13th-grade yr FA credits
BIO 162 h 4 BIO 161 4
CEM 121 (221) 4 CEM122 (222) 4
PHY 121 (222) 5 PHY 122 (222) or MTH 231 (232) 4-5
MTH  132 (231; 223)  4-5 PLS 221 or HST 221/222 i 3
Total Credits 17-18 Total Credits (MTA Completed) 15-16

Dual Enrollment(DE)/Video Conferencing (VCS) Electives Fall options: APP 100e, BUS 121, CRJ 121, ENG 244, MTH 110; SOC 123; FRN 121
DE/VCS Electives Spring options: BUS 124, CEM 111, CRJ 121, ENG 203; PHL 123, PSY 101, SOC 123

MTA requirements:
a, i  Meets Humanities/fine arts requirement- 2 courses different disciplines
b, h Meets Social science requirement- 2 courses different disciplines 
e, g Meets Natural science requirement- 2 courses different disciplines 
c Meets English Comp I requirement; f Meets English Comp II requirement 
d Meets math requirement; Note: Remedial MTH students will take MTH 113 in 12th-grade yr Fall, MTH 223/MTH 121 12th grade yr Spring instead of BIO, and BIO 13 yr Spring;   Calculus track students will take MTH 123 12th grade yr Spring instead of BIO and take BIO 13th-grade yr Spring 
Note: Students who start Spring 11th grade yr will take SPE 121 11th Grade Spring and add HST 221 or ANP 121 12th grade year Fall