Cochise College offers several options for high school students who want to get an early jump on higher education. We have full programs designed just for high school-aged students, as well as options for those only looking to take a couple of classes each semester.
High school juniors and seniors can enroll in one or two classes:
Compact Scholarship & Programs of Study (Formerly Tech Prep)
Programs of Study (POS) creates a pathway between secondary and postsecondary education, providing the opportunity for students to acquire postsecondary credits while in high school that lead to an industry-recognized credential, a college certificate, an associate or baccalaureate degree and, ultimately, work. The Compact Program scholarship pays 50 percent of college tuition for high school students in CTE college courses.
Dual enrollment courses are high school classes that allow students to earn both high school and Cochise College credits. These courses are taught at the high school, during the high school day, by high school teachers.
This collaborative project includes support of Project Lead the Way to receive National Certification at Buena High School, as well as Northrop Grumman-funded scholarships at Cochise College, University of Arizona South, the University of Arizona and high schools in Cochise and Santa Cruz counties.
Running Start Academy
High school students can get a head start toward their career goals in S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) during their junior and senior years. Students earn reverse credits, which meet degree requirements for college and state university programs and also satisfy high school graduation requirements.