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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.

Apply Now

Student applications are due by December 22.

Beginning in the 2018-2019 school year, expanded JumpStart programs will be piloted at Oakland Mills and River Hill high schools, where enrollment is currently under school capacity. Enrollment will also be opened to students at Centennial, Howard, and Long Reach high schools, which currently exceed target capacity levels.

JumpStart Program Expands Early College Credit Options for HCPSS Students→

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.

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

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

Early College Programs

ARL
  • Cybersecurity

Home School Courses

  • High School-Based College Credit
  • HCC Campus-Based College Credit

Centennial, Howard or Long Reach High School

Early College Programs

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

Home School Courses

  • High School-Based College Credit

Oakland Mills High School

Early College Programs

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

Home School Courses

  • High School-Based College Credit

River Hill High School

Early College Programs

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

Home School Courses

  • High School-Based College Credit

Application Timeline

Rising Long Reach High School, Howard High School or Centennial High School 9th graders can use the timeline below to enroll in a JumpStart program at Oakland Mills High School or River Hill High School. Additionally, Oakland Mills High School and River Hill High School students are eligible to apply to the programs within their own school.

Step 1 – Attend a Parent and Student Information Session

Get your questions answered at our parent and student information sessions. Sessions were held November 27 — December 7.

Step 2 – Talk to Your School Counselor

Schedule a time to discuss your plan and goals with your School Counselor.

Step 3 – Submit Your Application

Apply Now

Student applications are due by December 22. Student selection will be finalized in January 2018.

Step 4 – Register for Your New Courses

Student registration for the upcoming Fall courses will be in February.

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. HCC transfer advisors can assist students in planning to transfer to the college or university of their choice.

Transportation

How will students get to their JumpStart destination?

Transportation will be provided for students applying from Centennial, Howard and Long Reach from hub sites to their new assigned schools. Transportation will be available for a full day of school, at no cost to the families.

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

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

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

Students will fully participate as Oakland Mills or River Hill students, with eligibility to participate in sports and other extracurricular activities, such as Model UN or Career and Technical Student Organizations.