College Credit Plus options

Ohio's College Credit Plus (CCP) program is designed to provide college-ready high school students access to college courses through Ohio's public colleges and universities. Courses through CCP also award high school credit, and students may use many of these courses to replace traditional high school courses for credits toward graduation.

The faculty and administration of the Pickerington Local School District are able to provide our students with a substantial catalog of college courses within the high schools, giving students transferable college credits in the most accessible manner possible.

The Pickerington Local School District partners with multiple colleges to provide courses across all of the core content areas, as well as visual and performing arts, business, and in specific career fields such as health care and education. This can create a complicated tapestry to navigate and we hope this page provides some guidance and insight.

About College Credit Plus

General Information

The College Credit Plus program (CCP) offers qualified high school students onsite access to directly transcripted credit via dual credit. Students passing CCP classes will receive both high school and college credit for the course at no cost and without taking an exit exam. Students may enroll in college courses at their high school buildings, at local college campuses, or online. Classes may be taught by college faculty or Pickerington faculty with the appropriate backgrounds in their graduate studies.

Successful completion of coursework in the CCP program will earn students college credit that is accepted by all of Ohio’s universities and colleges and many out-of-state and private institutions. Location, manner of delivery, and scheduling of courses may vary. These are not high school courses – these are college courses offered for concurrent high school credit. Parents and students should expect differences in process and plan accordingly.

  • Students must meet qualifying grade averages and ACT (or equivalent) scores to take CCP courses. As these are college courses, qualifications are set by the university or college awarding credit and vary between courses and programs.
  • Courses follow the same schedule as their college counterparts and are a semester long.
  • Students taking CCP classes do not take a national exam at the end of the course and, by state law, are not charged for participation in the program.
  • Students are limited to thirty (30) credits of CCP-funded courses per year.  Under the state law, local high school courses are part of that funding as well, with each one (1) high school credit course using three (3) CCP credits.
How to Sign Up for CCP Courses Offered within the District

The process for getting into college and paying for it has never been easier for our students!  If you would like to take one of the locally available courses below, take these three easy steps:

  1. When selecting courses for the next school year through Infinite Campus, select the course you would like.  Please note that some courses have prerequisites that cannot be changed.
  2. Apply to the college partner listed for the courses in the “Expected Course Offerings at the High Schools” section by clicking on the name of the college.  If you have taken courses through that college previously, you do not need to reapply.
  3. Turn your Declaration of Intent in to the counselors’ office before the end of the school year (April 1st for off-campus or online options).
Expected Course Offerings at the High Schools

Pickerington Central

Courses in Partnership with

Central Ohio Technical College

(click on college name to apply)

DMD100CCP Fundamentals of Drawing CCP

DMD101CCP Digital Software Fund. CCP

DMD104CCP Design Fundamentals CCP

ENGL112CCP Composition I CCP

ENGL113CCP Composition II CCP

ENGL211CCP Survey American Lit I CCP

ENGL212CCP Survey American Lit II CCP

ENGL221CCP Survey of British Lit I CCP

ENGL222CCP Survey of British Lit II CCP

MATH130CCP Introduction to Statistics CCP

MATH140CCP College Algebra CCP

MATH150CCP College Pre-Calculus CCP

SOC110CCP Cultural Diversity CCP

Courses in Partnership with

Columbus State Community College

(click on college name to apply)

HIST1151CCP American History to 1877 CCP

HIST1152CCP American History Since1877 CCP

HIST2223CCP African-American History I CCP

HIST2224CCP African-American History II CCP

Courses in Partnership with

Southern State Community College

(click on college name to apply – please note this application must be printed and submitted to the counselors’ office before the end of the school year)

CHEM1120CCP Introduction to Chemistry CCP

CHEM1151CCP First Year Chemistry I CCP

CHEM1152CCP First Year Chemistry II CCP

PSCI1104CCP Intro American Government CCP

Pickerington North

Courses in Partnership with

Central Ohio Technical College

(click on college name to apply)

BUS110CCP Introduction to Management CCP

BUS140CCP Advertising & Public Rela. CCP

BUS175CCP The Business Environment CCP

BUS208CCP Financial Business Pract. CCP

BUS210CCP Entrepreneurship CCP

BUS250CCP Managerial Problem Solving

BUS280CCP Social Media Marketing CCP

BUS285CCP Advertising Campaign

ENGL112CCP Composition I CCP

ENGL113CCP Composition II CCP

ENGL211CCP Survey American Lit I CCP

ENGL212CCP Survey American Lit II CCP

ENGL221CCP Survey of British Lit I CCP

ENGL222CCP Survey of British Lit II CCP

HIST150CCP American History to 1877 CCP

HIST151CCP American History Since1877 CCP

MATH130CCP Introduction to Statistics CCP

MATH140CCP College Algebra CCP

MATH150CCP College Pre-Calculus CCP

SOC110CCP Cultural Diversity CCP

Courses in Partnership with

Columbus State Community College

(click on college name to apply)

EDUC2210CCP Introduction to Education CCP

HIST2223CCP African-American History I CCP

HIST2224CCP African-American History II CCP

MLT1100CCP Basic Concepts Health Care CCP

MLT1112CCP Lab Theory for Health Industries CCP

MULT1500CCP Concepts For Pharmacy Tech CCP

MULT1525CCP Health Care Analytical Cpt CCP

POLS1100CCP Intro American Government CCP

THEA2205CCP Technical Production Pract. CCP

Courses in Partnership with

Southern State Community College

(click on college name to apply – please note this application must be printed and submitted to the counselors’ office before the end of the school year)

CHEM1120CCP Introduction to Chemistry CCP

FAQ about College Credit Plus

What kind of student takes these classes?

CCP courses are available to any student that is qualified as “college ready” at the secondary level.

What qualifies a student as “college ready”?

That is determined by the college partner through which the course is offered.  ACT exam results are accepted as evidence for college readiness.  If an ACT score is not available, students may take an ACCUPLACER® exam to demonstrate college readiness.  Some local college partners, such as Columbus State, may require examination at one of their testing centers.  CCP courses require a test of readiness in advance of the course, while AP courses test for readiness at the end.  Students may take the Accuplacer once per semester.

What other things might limit a student’s access to CCP courses?

The student must have any college prerequisites passed prior to taking a course.  These are college courses, taught by appropriately credentialed teachers in the local schools.  Participation in “dual enrollment” courses requires students to be part of all involved institutions.  They are bound by the same college academic standards, sequences, and expectations as any other student in the college.

Please note that “ready” and “prepared” do not share the same meaning.  Aptitude does not necessarily translate to the maturity and work ethic, and students testing into college courses might not be prepared for the increased level of rigor and faster pace.  The skill set and self-responsibility required of the independent learner is necessary for successful work as a college student.  Those skills are not tested on a standardized test, but rather through honest insight and observation of the student, parent, and reflection of previous work.

What are some differences between a CCP course and high school courses with placement exams like AP?

The compressed time frame does not allow for as many assessment opportunities, and the assessments must mirror the form of our college partners.  This means that exams, papers, or other assessments have more significant value and are higher stakes.  AP courses are excellent, rigorous courses that allow students the opportunity to grow through a wider variety of assessments and a longer period of time and have consistently demonstrated value in developing study skills and testing strategies to prepare for college.

Students that receive supports through Individualized Education Plans or 504 plans are able to use the plans, but must work with the Office of Disability Services for the college partner for any CCP course.  Federal laws that give civil protections to these students requires that the college approve the form of assistance that students will receive.  It is an excellent opportunity for students to practice self-advocacy in the college environment.  AP courses are solely within the high school curriculum and do not require special approval from additional agencies for students to receive supportive services in their AP courses.

I think this is a great idea and would prefer that my student’s high school teachers provide the first introduction to college courses.  Since this is locally taught by local employees, everything is still the same, right?

No.  There are significant changes in the teacher-parent relationship.  As these are college courses taught by local teachers in an adjunct instructor role on behalf of a college, the primary exchange of information regarding student progress is shared between the student and their instructor.  The co-location of the college courses on the Pickerington campus does not change the college dynamic.

Parents do, of course, have access to student grades through the Infinite Campus system or using their student’s access to the college’s system.  Parents may also attend face-to-face conference meetings with the instructors, but the student must be present for any conversation.  Parents cannot expect any direct communication with the instructor through email or phone conversations.

Students that have success that is dependent on frequent phone calls home and periodic progress reporting might not be prepared for the college environment as college policies and regulations require much greater student responsibility and self-advocacy.  Students gain educational and legal independence in going to college, so they are expected to be independent learners in these locally-offered college courses.

Should my student take these classes?

It is a great opportunity for students to earn college credits early and save time and money later, but it can also be a stressful transition for students.  If a student is ready for the course by the college’s measures and is confident in the subject matter, then it may be a terrific choice.  In other subject areas, a student may be college-ready, but less confident about skills in the content area.  An option such as an Advanced Placement course that may yield college credit but allow time to more fully develop and explore skills in the content might be an excellent choice.

There is no “one size fits all solution” for any student.  Some students may choose classes for reasons that are not strictly focused on academic reasons, while others may choose activities offered at certain times of the day that limit their choices.  Still, more may have work or other activities.  The best way to approach these choices is to talk with your student about what he or she really wants.  College will be always around in the future, but kids are young only once.  Pickerington encourages a well-rounded approach for all of our students.

Do these courses transfer to other colleges after high school? 

Yes – all of Ohio’s public universities and colleges accept the credits we offer in core courses.  In most cases, the specific course name and number of the college to which your student matriculates can even be determined in advance.  The courses have also been accepted at private college in Ohio where CCP students have gone, as well as out of state.  As our college partners are regionally accredited institutions, colleges have been more open to accepting the credit, even when AP credits have not been accepted such as Ivy League colleges, or even colleges outside the United States.

Courses that are not in the core curriculum such as Theater or Introduction to Education are likely to be accepted, but the nature of the credit accepted may vary slightly between colleges.  There is still no cost for these courses, they retain all of the benefits of College Credit Plus programming, and offer an excellent in-depth view of a career field, an art, or provide excellent technical introductions to different disciplines.

Is one college partner better than another?

No.  Many college courses offered in Ohio’s public colleges and universities are cleared by the Ohio Department of Higher Education as “TAG/OTM” courses.  This means they follow “Transfer Assurance Guidelines” and are in the “Ohio Transfer Module.”  As such, the courses transfer to Ohio’s public colleges as if they were taken on that campus.  A history course through Columbus State will transfer to Miami as if it was taken at Miami and a math course through COTC will transfer to Ohio State as if it was taken at OSU.

The college process has changed substantially in the past twenty-five years.  All public colleges in Ohio use semesters rather than quarters.  At one time, Ohio State was the school anyone could get into – now it has the most selective admissions process of public colleges in the state.  The portability of credits between colleges is a natural extension of this process.

Are my student’s teachers qualified to teach these classes?

Yes.  When a Pickerington teacher is teaching the course as the teacher of record, that teacher must meet the same credentialing standard as any other college instructor, normally as a result of graduate-level study in the content area.  In some cases, courses may be “facilitated,” with a local teacher helping guide students through a robust blend of online and in-class work.  In those cases, teachers have undergraduate degrees in their content in addition to their educational backgrounds.

If my student graduates with a significant amount of credits, will s/he be ready for more difficult courses?

That certainly depends on the student and why the CCP credits are wanted.  Having credits going into college could allow students to cut down the number of years needed to complete a degree, or allow them to have smaller course loads each semester and focus on courses that may be more difficult.  Students may choose not to use certain credits going in to college and retake a course.

Participating in CCP courses will not impact a student’s future options – the intent is to prepare our students and to offer more options in getting ready for life after high school, not to lock them in to one track.

Students, regardless of number of CCP credits earned while still in high school, are as eligible for scholarships or other programs as any other freshman matriculating into college.  In fact, the admission process is the same for all students, regardless of participation in the CCP program as CCP does not equal college matriculation.

What is the cost of each course?

There are no student/parent costs associated with CCP courses under state law.  Students may take up to thirty (30) credits through CCP each year.  “Credits” in this context means classes in which a student is a participant, regardless of setting.  For example, a full year high school course uses three of the thirty credits.  Any college credits taken beyond those thirty credits are “self-pay,” and the responsibility of the student/parent.  “Self-pay” courses are outside of the CCP program and grades may not be used for high school credit.

What if a student fails the course?

If a student’s final transcripted grade for the course is an “F” for academic reasons, or a “WF” due to withdrawal past the date established by the college partner, the school district may require the student’s family to reimburse the district for all costs associated with the course, which varies between college partners and manner of course delivery.  It is critical for students to be mindful of their course progress, give their very best efforts, and keep themselves updated on dates and deadlines.

Another consideration is that these grades are transcripted and have the potential to impact graduation requirements, eligibility for extracurricular activities, scholarships, as well as college admission and transferability.  College Credit Plus courses must under law be faithful to the college partner’s grading methods.

If a student chooses a dual credit course, what is the process?

As a dual credit course, there is a level of coordination between higher education institutions and Pickerington Schools.  Pickerington does not determine deadlines or course requirements, and decisions are not solely the responsibility of staff within the district.

Students electing to take CCP courses at a college campus or online must have declared their intent to participate in the program by April 1st as required by law.

The overview of the process for the College Credit Plus course offered within the Pickerington schools is this:

1.        Students will register through Infinite Campus for CCP classes like any other local Pickerington course.

2.       Students must apply to the college partner through the college’s admissions process, usually online.  Clicking on the colleges listed above in “Expected Course Offerings at the High Schools” will provide links to more application information.

3.       Students must be determined to be “college ready.”  This could mean through the ACT or a placement test given by the college, and this measure may vary between courses.  The last testing date (using any placement exam method) eligible for CCP courses offered within the district is based on last date for state-funded ACT testing, which is March 20th 2018.

4.       Students and their parents will sign the state-required Dual Enrollment Forms.

5.       Students will have their information reviewed by the district to ensure that they are qualified for the specific courses they wish to take.

6.       Once the district has confirmed that all proper steps have been taken and that the student has met the college’s requirements, the student will be eligible for enrollment in the course.  Students will be informed of their eligible or reasons for ineligibility via their student PLSD email accounts.  As all PLSD students have district-issued devices, email accounts, and access to the Internet on site, communication about the CCP program for individual students will be solely through this method.

7.       Students wishing to drop a CCP course will continue to do so through their respective guidance counselors, but remember to be mindful about the college’s deadlines.

Students choosing to attend CCP courses on a college’s campus or on-line may do so, but must make arrangements directly with the college that is administering the class.  Course-related costs (tuition and books) are not passed to students or their families, but the student is responsible for transportation to any course located off-site.

I have another question that isn’t listed – whom do I contact?

Dean Sabetta is the CCP Advisor for the district: dean_sabetta@plsd.us

Dual Credit Pathway Options

Students have the opportunity to earn college credits in the manner of their choosing. Some course pathway examples and ideas are in the CCP 15 and 30 credit example.

 

Changes in Student Privacy: FERPA and CCP

Under Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the rights accorded to a parent, which would include permission and consent, transfer to a student who turns 18 or enters an institution of post-secondary education. This encompasses all dual enrollment classes offered by the district in cooperation with a college or university, including those offered within the school buildings by district faculty serving as college adjuncts. Parents still maintain the right to access student records (e.g., final grades, attendance) as long as the student is a dependent student for tax purposes, but any communication about student work, performance, or other issues from the normal course of instruction are kept between the instructor and student.

Students are accountable for their own behaviors and actions. Compliance with the rules of the school, including attendance, will be addressed directly with the student. Correspondence from the school will be sent directly to the student via the district-provide email.  It is the expectation of the student to keep his/her parent informed.

If you have any questions about the transfer of rights, please contact any of the building principals.

2017 Presentation to Parents and Students about College Credit Plus

In February 2017, the district presented this information to students and parents about the district’s College Credit Plus offerings.

Information from the State of Ohio on College Credit Plus

The Ohio Department of Education offers this introduction and information for students and families that want to know more about the College Credit Plus program.

Advanced Placement (AP) Courses

About AP Courses

Advanced Placement courses are taught by teachers using a curriculum approved by the College Board. Successful completion of coursework in the AP program allows students the opportunity to take an exam in May. Students who earn at least a score of a 3 on the AP test receive credit that is accepted by all of Ohio’s public universities and colleges.

The number of credits and how they apply towards a degree vary depending on the test and the college. Students can only receive such credit if they take the AP test. Private colleges and universities outside of Ohio have specific policies in place that may vary from Ohio’s public institutions.

  • Students are not required to take the AP exam to receive weighted credit for their courses.
  • The AP exams in American History and American Government replace the state-required end-of-course examinations for points toward graduation.
  • Students that wish to take the AP exam that are eligible for free or reduced lunch options should check with their counselors about exam fee waivers.
  • AP courses are more rigorous than traditional high school courses and are designed to develop the skills needed for success in college. Students must be prepared to take on the additional responsibility.
  • Courses follow the AP curriculum to prepare students for the AP exam at the end of the yearlong course.
  • Students taking AP classes may participate in the AP exam to demonstrate competency and potentially qualify for college credit and are charged for participation in the program.

Why So Many Decisions?

Which Is Better - College Credit Plus or AP?

Ohio law requires all state public high schools provide students with “Advanced Standing” programs.  These are designed to present students with the opportunity to earn college credit toward a degree or career certification during their high school years.  The Pickerington Local School District offers two separate forms of Advanced Standing programs at both Pickerington Central and Pickerington North: College Credit Plus and AP.

Both programs offer students that intend to pursue post-secondary education in any form or location skills and knowledge that will be of benefit.  The district offers both of these options to advocate for individual student choice and flexibility, rather than to advocate for one program over another.

The most asked question by far is this:

“Which one is better – AP or CCP?”

This question ignores the simple fact that students are all different.  Whether it’s the student’s goals, interests, passions, or abilities that make up the differences, there can never be a single “right” approach to a student’s individual growth and development.  If there was one best option, that would be the only option for our students.

Please take the time to review and consider the obstacles and opportunities of each program in each content area.  Mixing course formats may be a better choice than all of one or another.  Whatever your choices may be, please avoid a simple “cookie-cutter” approach to education.

Choose a path that is as unique as you!