Since 2002, Early College Programs has strived to provide high quality, college-level coursework to our regional high school students. To participate in the program, students must be in grades 7-12 or have completed half of their high school requirements. Students who do not meet these requirements must obtain special recommendation from a school official verifying the student’s readiness for college-level coursework.
Is Dual Credit Right For You?
The opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school is a tremendous asset as you prepare for a career. However, prior to enrolling in a college course (Dual Credit or otherwise), you should carefully consider your own preparedness for such work as well as potential concerns. For further guidance, review the Expectations of Students.
- Provides you the opportunity to experience the rigor and intellectual challenge of college classes while you earn transferable college credit.
- You will meet and learn from LCSC faculty and gain a broader experience of what it means to be a college student.
- A variety of resources will be made available to you including the LC Library, Math and Science Tutor Center, Writing Center, computer labs, and more.
- You can access the Degree Audit feature of WarriorWeb to track your progress through both your General Education courses and the requirements for all potential majors.
- While academically qualified, you may not be ready socially or emotionally for college content. College classes are designed for adult learners and contemporary issues of our society will be actively discussed in the classroom.
- If you fail to earn credit for a course paid for by Fast Forward, you must subsequently pay for a “like” course on your own before you are eligible for further Fast Forward funding. Fast Forward funds may not be used for repeated or remedial course work.
- You will establish a permanent college transcript upon registering and it will stay with you through your entire college career. If you perform poorly, it may jeopardize future college plans and have financial aid repercussions.
- Create an account in the Advanced Opportunities portal (Idaho students only).
- Contact your high school counselor to discuss Dual Credit offerings.
- Complete the LCSC Dual Credit Registration Form and return it to your counselor.
- Send your Dual Credit Registration Form via fax to (208) 792-2052.
- Input your courses into the portal for state Fast Forward funding (contact your counselor for assistance).
- Register - Early College Programs staff will register you for your courses.
- Set up your WarriorWeb and LCMail accounts.
- Dropping a course – You must drop your course by the payment deadline in order to receive a full refund. You must complete the Dual Credit Add/Drop/Withdrawal Form (with teacher and counselor signature).
- Withdrawing from a course in the high school or on-campus/online – This will result in a “W” on your official college transcript (without a refund). If you are using Advanced Opportunities funds for the course, you will be responsible for paying for a “like” course. You must complete the Dual Credit Add/Drop/Withdrawal Form (with teacher and counselor signature).
- Dropping or withdrawing from ALL courses – Complete the same process as above. Once Early College Programs staff have received the Dual Credit Add/Drop/Withdrawal Form, you will be prompted to complete the “Total Withdrawal” process on WarriorWeb. Work with your counselor during this process.
If you do not formally withdraw from class(es), you may be subject to failing grades on your permanent transcript and you will not be entitled to ANY refund. Responsibility lies with you to initiate the drop/withdrawal process from a college course.
Students can utilize a portion of their Advanced Opportunities funding toward Workforce Training courses. This funding may not exceed $500 per course and $1,000 per year. Workforce Training courses are short-term, non-credit courses that lead to in-demand occupations in areas such as electrical, plumbing, customer service, bookkeeping, and more.
LC Workforce Training AO Courses
LC Workforce Training Registration Form
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law designed to protect the privacy of education records and is enforced by the Family Policy Compliance Office of the U.S. Department of Education (FPCO). Essentially, the act states that 1) "students" must be permitted to inspect their own "education records" and 2) "school officials" may not disclose personally identifiable information about a student without written permission from the student.
FERPA rights transfer from the parents to the student once the student begins attending a postsecondary institution - regardless of age. However, when a student is enrolled in both a high school and a postsecondary institution, the two schools may exchange information on that student. If the student is under 18, the parents still retain the rights under FERPA at the high school and may inspect and review any records sent by the postsecondary institution to the high school.
The Dual Credit Registration Form includes an information release statement. Therefore, by signing the form, students authorize school (college) officials to disclose "academic and financial records" to the parents/guardians noted on the application.
Additional FERPA Information
For more information about the Idaho Dual Credit Program and the institutions involved, please review the Idaho Dual Credit Brochure.
For more information about Idaho's Advanced Opportunities Program, visit the State Department of Education's Advanced Opportunities site.