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Howard County Public School System and Howard Community College

JumpStart

A partnership between HCPSS and Howard Community College to expand options for students to gain college credits, explore possible careers, or earn an associate degree.

Expanding options for students to develop skills, earn college credits, and become college and career ready.

The Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) is pleased to provide several options for students to take advantage of dual enrollment with Howard Community College (HCC). These programs are designed to give students a jump on their college education and prepare them for a career by earning industry certifications.

Students at every high school can earn college credit this fall through the JumpStart program, a partnership between HCPSS and Howard Community College (HCC). In addition to selected courses offered at HCPSS schools, many introductory and advanced courses in the arts and humanities, business, and social sciences, math, world languages, science and technology may be taken at HCC. More than 100 of these fulfill high school graduation requirements.

The HCC fall semester begins August 25, prior to the HCPSS first day of school on September 4. Begin the application process today, and talk with your school counselor and an academic advisor at HCC about which courses might be right for you.

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Program Options

JumpStart consists of two primary groupings: a flexible option for high school students of any grade level and a structured option for rising 9th and 10th graders who are able to plan ahead and commit to an accelerated program of study.

Flexible

Explore careers and interests, gain exposure to college coursework, and increase college success. Take one or more classes per semester, at your high school or on the Howard Community College (HCC) campus, with the option to attend HCC full time during your senior year.

High School-Based
College Credit

Take HCC courses, taught by college-qualified HCPSS faculty, while earning college credit and meeting high school graduation requirements.

Access all of HCC’s campus-based resources.

Who? All HCPSS high school students.

Where? Classes are taught at all high schools and vary by location. More options are available at Oakland Mills High School and River Hill High School.

HCC Campus-Based
College Credit

Take one or more college courses at HCC and earn credits toward your college degree. Some credits may also count toward high school graduation.

During senior year, you may be eligible to enroll at HCC as a full-time student. Talk to your school counselor for more information.

Who? All HCPSS students in 11th and 12th grade. Admission for eighth to 10th grade students will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Where? HCC.

Structured

Get on the fast track for advanced education by making the commitment to an Early College program starting in ninth or 10th grade. These programs combine high school-based and HCC campus-based dual credit for a structured pathway to high school graduation.

Early College 30 Credit

Choose from associate degree track programs in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics), cybersecurity, computer science, criminal justice, entrepreneurship, general studies, secondary teaching, public health or health sciences.

Graduate from high school with 30 college credits or more.

Complete your associate degree at HCC within one year of high school graduation, or transfer credits to another higher education institution.

Access all of HCC’s campus-based resources.

Who? Rising ninth or 10th grade students who can commit to an accelerated program of study.

Where? River Hill High School, Oakland Mills High School, and in cybersecurity at the ARL.

Early College 60 Credit
(Associate Degree)

Earn an Associate of Arts (AA) degree in general studies from HCC, while earning your high school diploma.

Graduate from high school with up to 60 college credits

Transfer college credits to complete a bachelor’s degree

Access all of HCC’s campus-based resources.

Who? Rising ninth grade students who can commit to an accelerated program of study.

Where? Oakland Mills High School and River Hill High School.

Program Comparisons

Compare the four program alternatives, experiences and opportunities each provide. Courses taught at HCPSS have all the rigor of the college course. Courses taught at HCC utilize collegiate labs and resources.

Where’s Your Class? Earn College Credit? Earn AA Degree? Eligibility in Grade?
High School-Based College Credit HCPSS Yes No 9–12
HCC Campus-Based College Credit HCC Yes No 8–12*
Early College 30 Credit ARL, OMHS, RHHS Yes No 9–10
Early College 60 Credit
(Associate Degree)
OMHS, RHHS Yes Yes 9

* Admission for 8-10th graders is on a case-by-case basis.

Estimated Costs

JumpStart students are able to earn college credit at a greatly reduced price with students receiving Free or Reduced-price Meal services (FARMs) being only responsible for covering fees and books. Note: HCPSS students are not eligible for federal student aid.

All JumpStart Students — Tuition is discounted 50% off HCC’s tuition costs.

JumpStart Students Receiving FARMS — Tuition is waived for all courses.

Additional fees (approximately $75 per course) and textbook costs ($0–250 per course) apply to courses taken at HCC. Assistance may be available for students receiving FARMS.

HCC’s current academic year tuition rates and fees are available at howardcc.edu/pay. Tuition costs change annually.

Course Options

The program options available for the 2018-2019 school year are viewable below by clicking on the arrow or school name. We anticipate having additional options for all high school students in the future.

Note: The Early College Program is 30 credits. The Associate degree is 60 credits.

Atholton, Glenelg, Hammond, Marriotts Ridge, Mt. Hebron, Reservoir or Wilde Lake High School

Structured Options

ARL
  • Cybersecurity

Flexible Options

  • High School-Based College Credit
    • Teaching as a Profession
    • Principles of Business
  • HCC Campus-Based College Credit

Centennial, Howard or Long Reach High School

Structured Options

ARL
  • Cybersecurity
Oakland Mills High School
  • Computer Science
  • General Studies
  • Health Sciences
  • Public Health
  • STEM
  • Teacher Education, Secondary Teaching Mathematics, Science, Health
  • Associate Degree (General Studies, 60 credits)
  • HCC Campus-Based College Credit
River Hill
  • Computer Science
  • Criminal Justice
  • Entrepreneurship
  • General Studies
  • Associate Degree (General Studies, 60 credits)
  • HCC Campus-Based College Credit

Flexible Options

  • High School-Based College Credit
    • Teaching as a Profession
    • Principles of Business
  • HCC Campus-based College Credit

Oakland Mills High School

Structured Options

ARL
  • Cybersecurity
Oakland Mills High School
  • Computer Science
  • General Studies
  • Health Sciences
  • Public Health
  • STEM
  • Teacher Education, Secondary Teaching Mathematics, Science, Health
  • Associate Degree (General Studies, 60 credits)
  • HCC Campus-Based College Credit

Flexible Options

  • High School-Based College Credit
    • Teaching as a Profession
    • Principles of Business
  • HCC Campus-based College Credit

River Hill High School

Structured Options

ARL
  • Cybersecurity
River Hill High School
  • Computer Science
  • Criminal Justice
  • Entrepreneurship
  • General Studies
  • Associate Degree (General Studies, 60 credits)
  • HCC Campus-Based College Credit

Flexible Options

  • High School-Based College Credit
    • Teaching as a Profession
    • Principles of Business
  • HCC Campus-based College Credit

Frequently Asked Questions

College Credit

What is the requirement for JumpStart students to earn college credit?

Students are eligible to receive college credits after successfully completing the course. Some courses have prerequisites to enroll.

Am I required to attend HCC after graduation?

While these programs provide a clear path for graduating high school students to complete their associate degree at HCC, the earned college credits can be transferred elsewhere.

Will college credits earned at HCC transfer to a four-year college or university?

HCC credits will transfer to Maryland public four-year colleges and universities and most private and out-of-state colleges and universities. See an HCC transfer advisor to plan which courses will be right for you.

Transportation

How do students get to their JumpStart destination?

Transportation is provided to Oakland Mills High School and River Hill High School for students in eligible areas. Collector stops serve the Centennial, Howard, and Long Reach communities, at no cost to families.

Do I have to provide my own transportation to HCC if I elect to take courses there?

Transportation is provided to students enrolled in structured JumpStart programs. Students taking advantage of flexible JumpStart options are responsible for their own transportation.

When students transfer to another high school for JumpStart, what is considered their home school?

Students who transfer become full participants in their new school, with eligibility to participate in sports and other extracurricular activities, such as Model UN or Career and Technical Student Organizations.