I’m pleased to announce our newest Facebook group: Homeschooling for College Credit Computer Science, IT, and Cybersecurity! If your teen is targeting anything tech or computer-related for dual enrollment, a major in college, or an occupation, this is the group for you!Continue reading “A New HS4CC Facebook Group!”
Arizona State University’s Universal Learner Program, in partnership with Google, is offering a new Google IT Certification! From ASU’s site:
“Learn the skills you need for an introductory-level job in IT support.
In this online program, you’ll work through six ASU Universal Learner Courses that leverage the Google IT Support Certificate, as well as supplemental industry material that is aimed at giving you the best preparation possible to begin a career in Information Technology.
Upon completion, you’ll receive a co-branded professional certificate from ASU and Google, as well as 15 credit hours that you can apply towards a bachelor’s degree.”
Courses are designed to be completed sequentially, and are self paced! Students have up to 1 year to complete each course, and the first course begins January 2022. The certification courses include:
CIS 194 Technical Support Fundamentals – 1 credit
CIS 194 Computer Networking – 2 credits
CIS 194 Operating Systems and You: Becoming a Power User – 3 credits
CIS 294 System Administration and IT Infrastructure Services – 3 credits
CIS 394 IT Security: Defense Against the Digital Dark Arts – 3 credits
CIS 402 Privacy, Ethics, and Compliance – 3 credits
The first 3 courses do have the same course number, which we have been advised may change in the future. It is common for colleges to have the same course number on survey courses which may change topic with each offering. The first course only costs $25, with no fee to have the course transcripted. As with all Universal Learner program courses, the remaining courses cost just $25 to start and students only pay $400 at the end of the course if they like the grade. There is no record of failure if the student does not complete the course or receives a lower grade than wanted. Simply do not pay the $400 for the course to be added to the transcript. Retake courses as many times as is needed to pass with the grade you want.
According to ASU, the courses must be completed in sequence and the next course will become available in their catalog (dashboard). The total cost for the courses in the certificate is $2150, which is paid at the time the student signs up and then completes each course and chooses to have it transcripted. Cost per credit averages out to be ~$143/cr for the full 15 college credits. The certificate will be emailed to you upon completion of the program and will have both the ASU and Google logos on it, along with your name.
For those wondering if the courses are the same as Coursera, ASU said “These courses are similar to the courses on Coursera (and leverage some of the same content), but there are additional learning outcomes from our courses and learners achieve academic credit with ours, whereas the ones at Coursera don’t have academic credit guaranteed with them. (Some institutions may validate the credential for credit, but many won’t)” This is referring to ACE credit that some institutions will accept for college credit. Please see “30 Ways to Earn College Credit” on our website for additional information about ACE credit and its transferability. Coursera’s courses have been approved by ACE for up to 12 lower level credits (100-200 level). Please note that the amount of credit granted for ACE credit is determined by the receiving institution. ASU’s certificate includes 4 courses with 9 total lower level credits, and 2 courses with 6 total upper level (300-400 level) credits.
We also asked our contacts at ASU which degrees the credits would apply to: “These will serve as elective credits at the University. They stack really well into any business major at the institution, or majors with several elective credits (liberal studies, organizational leadership, technical writing, etc). However, the electives should be applicable for any major.”
If you’re thinking about TEL for this semester, I’m going to ask you to press pause on that decision until we can get answers for you. If you’re already enrolled, advice follows.Continue reading “Rethinking TEL: Things to Know”
The following education / college credit deals are being collected/distributed as I get them. *I will update this post in real time* Have you found a college credit Cyber Monday deal? If so, let us know! Go get that college credit!Continue reading “Cyber Monday (& Black Friday Deals)”
The following college credit deals are being collected/distributed as I get them. *I will update this post in real time* I feel like we had more last year, but this is the first to hit my in-box. Have you found a college credit Black Friday deal? If so, let us know! Happy Thanksgiving and go get that college credit!Continue reading “Black Friday Deals”
CIS308 Advanced Excel in Business. This new upper level course is open to ANYONE in ANY STATE of ANY AGE and best of all, you can enroll for only $25.Continue reading “New 300-Level ASU Universal Learner Course!”
You may have read that the student loan forgiveness program (started in 2007) has been an enormous disaster. I’ve written about it here a few times, and in short, next to no one has had their loan forgiven despite making payments faithfully for 10 years. Biden announced Wednesday that the program is being revamped in an effort to correct the disaster.Continue reading “Student Loan Forgiveness…revamp?”
HS4CC is an ALPHA partner with Grand Canyon University. As a partner, our families (your teen) can take 1 free dual enrollment class!Continue reading “SPECIAL!! Free Dual Enrollment Class from Grand Canyon University!”
Amazon just made a big announcement yesterday that they are rolling out a 100% tuition program for all hourly employees in the USA. Here’s what we know so far…Continue reading “Amazon’s New College Tuition Program”
There is a rumor floating around a CLEP group that the Modern States CLEP voucher program has ended. After a frenzy of phone calls and emails, I think it is safe to say…Continue reading “UPDATE on RUMOR ALERT”
As usual, universities tend to make their changes over the summer for the coming fall, and normally those kinds of changes aren’t super-relevant to our community, but many of you have teens heading to TESU, so with that, I wanted to be sure everyone sees this change.Continue reading “CHANGES: Thomas Edison State University”
Big news – see what this means for HS4CC families!Continue reading “2U Buys edX for $800 Million”
We need everyone to send a quick email to College Board to help our younger students!Continue reading “Call to Action: Send an Email to College Board”
UPDATE: since publishing this post, Spartanburg Community College added the line “living in SC” to their eligibility requirements. My screenshot from Wayback Machine confirms that it wasn’t part of the original offer. So sorry guys, this is a bummer.
So, it looks like only our SC families can take advantage, and I hope they do, but congrats to those who got in before of the “change.”
Spartanburg Community College (South Carolina)
has opened their catalog to students living anywhere in the country for South Carolina dual enrollment AND they are waiving tuition. Yes, really. $0 Dual enrollment this year- what are you waiting for??? Courses are taken online from anywhere.
The button above will take you to the Dual Enrollment Handbook (59 pages) full of everything you need to know, but this is a quick overview to help you decide if this will work for your teen. My prediction is that these classes will be full immediately, so there is no time to waste if you want your teen to register!
SPARTANBURG COMMUNITY COLLEGE OVERVIEW
Spartanburg Community College (SCC), established in 1963, is one of 16 colleges in the South Carolina Technical College System. Its service area is comprised of Spartanburg, Cherokee, and Union Counties located in upstate South Carolina. SCC offers 70 certificate, diploma, and degree programs in the following areas: university transfer, health sciences, and technologies.
Spartanburg is regionally accredited, so the credits earned here should transfer well into any other accredited college or university that accepts transfer credit.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THIS PROGRAM
- The college *always offers dual enrollment, but normally charges tuition. This free tuition program is only for 2021-2022 school year (3 semesters: fall 2021, spring 2022, summer 2022)
- They offer several high school programs that all fall under their umbrella term they call Early College.
- The online courses open to homeschoolers are in their program called Dual Enrollment (still under the Early College umbrella term).
- When you register your teen, it creates a permanent record / GPA / college transcript that will follow them forward and will require future disclosure of their attendance and grade earned.
- Your teen has access to the entire college catalog as long as they meet prerequisites (if applicable). Example: You can’t take Biology 2 without having taken Biology 1.
- You have to fill out an application.
- Instructors are not expected to alter standard course content or discussion topics to accommodate a younger audience. Students should be prepared to read, hear, or see course content that includes mature and sometimes provocative, controversial academic topics and be able to respond in a mature way to such subject matter.
- You have to pay for textbooks (if applicable).
- SOME of these classes are LIVE ONLINE which means that you have to log in at a specific time- be sure to check!!
- Synchronous = live or in real time, Asynchronous = learn anytime
- Age 16 and having completed 10th grade. (Younger students may appeal using the form in the back of linked booklet above- appendix D)
- 3.0 Grade Point Average (from your homeschool transcript)
- SAT / ACT scores may be used in place of 3.0 GPA if necessary
- LIVING IN SOUTH CAROLINA (this was just added per SPCC)
OTHER THINGS TO KNOW
- You don’t have to get a certificate/diploma/degree from this college.
- These courses should transfer well to other colleges outside of South Carolina
- If your teen takes a college class, you can award them 1 high school credit
- If your teen pursues a bachelor’s degree at a South Carolina university, use this link to confirm transfer South Carolina Transfer and Articulation Center (SC TRAC): https://www.sctrac.org.
Their full catalog is searchable, so be sure to filter for ONLINE when looking for a class. Note that it is possible to earn an entire associate degree online through this college, so if your teen already has a lot of college credit, you may want to consider “finishing” their degree at Spartanburg! They allow you to transfer in up to 75% of the credits toward a degree. Transfer page
Their transfer page says they accept CLEP, AP, and ACE credit. It is unclear if they accept Sophia, Straighterline, Studycom, etc. If any parent here has their teen’s ACE credit evaluated by Spartanburg, PLEASE let me know. -Jennifer
Step 1: Use this link
Step 2: open “Advanced Search” from the top bar
Step 3: Select “Fall Term 2021” as desired term
Step 4: Select “SCC Online” as desired location
**At this point a new screen opens with all online courses**
Step 5: Select “Open Sections Only” from the Availability option on the left
**At this point the number of open courses will appear as a number next to the SCC Locations button. In this screenshot you’ll see that there are (were) 86 available classes to choose from.
Step 6: You can now either browse the entire remaining list of classes, or filter further by subject on the left. In the sample above, you’ll see a number next to the subjects. That number indicates how many courses are open in that subject. American Government (1) indicates 1 course available.
NOTE: Where it states “ENG-032 and RDG-032” they are indicating a placement level, not a class. In short, your teen needs to be eligible for college level English and Reading. Check with advising about how to prove eligibility.
Step 7: The catalog should be in real time (or very close to it) so be sure to have your teen’s application in the works asap! I expect the availability to be different every day until the semester begins. Popular classes sometimes have extra sessions added, so you can continue to check back.
Jennifer’s Pick for Resourceful Planning
The following are my “top picks” because I like to make the most out of every ounce of learning. If I take a class, I like to see if there are any CLEPs that are “similar but different” to bundle with it. In addition, if I take a CLEP, that might meet prerequisites for other classes. I’ve picked a few classes that will bundle well (without duplicating) CLEP exams – and suggestions for classes you could try if you’ve already taken a CLEP in that subject.
- PSY-103 Human Relations (3 credits) This course is a study of human relations, including the dynamics of behavior, interrelationships, and personality as applied in everyday life.
- (I would study for and take the CLEP Sociology after this course)
- PSY-212 Abnormal Psychology (3 Credits) This course is a study of the nature and development of behavioral disorders, including the investigation of contemporary treatment procedures.
- (I like this course if you’ve already done CLEP General Psychology exam and want more psychology credit)
- PHS-101 Physical Science I (4 Credits) Topics are selected from astronomy, chemistry, geology, and physics.
- (This course has some math/language arts pre requisites, so not everyone will qualify, but if you’ve already taken either high school or college biology, I would study for the CLEP Natural Sciences exam after this course)
- MUS-105 Music Appreciation (3 Credits) This course is an introduction to the study of music with focus on the elements of music and appropriate listening experiences. ART-101 Art History and Appreciation (3 Credits) This is an introductory course to the history and appreciation of art, including the elements and principles of the visual arts.
- If you take both Music Appreciation and Art Appreciation, it’s low hanging fruit to attempt the CLEP Humanities exam too.
- BONUS suggestion: PHI-105 Introduction to Logic (3 Credits) This course is an introduction to the structure of argument, including symbolization, proofs, formal fallacies, deductions, and inductions. This course doesn’t tie into another CLEP exam, but it’s SUPER HARD TO FIND and one that many parents ask for!
We have great news. If your teen’s CLEP registration expired for any reason, CLEP is giving everyone an opportunity to take their exams at home.Continue reading “HELP: My CLEP registration expired”
This is the post I’ve been dying to write! Since COVID-19, the #1 most asked question is “will we ever get to take a CLEP at home?” College Board just made history and is allowing you to take your CLEP exam at home!!!Continue reading “Breaking News: CLEP at Home!”
Earlier in March, I posted about the DSST exams that are currently “expired” and promised an update as soon as the exams were reevaluated. ACE has extended the exams, but for 10 months, not several years. What does that mean? I’ll tell you what I think it means, but it’s “interesting” to say the least.Continue reading “UPDATE: DSST Review, Renew, or Discontinue?”
THIS SUMMER Husson University in Maine (yes, regionally accredited) allows eligible high school juniors and seniors to take 2 free online courses. These are for college credit and should transfer into your target college in the future. You can take a max of 21 credits before you graduate high school! ANY STATE except California. Details below.Continue reading “BREAKING NEWS: Get 2 free dual enrollment courses this summer!”
There are 9 DSST exams that are currently “expired” and I’m waiting patiently to learn the fate of these exams…. but so far, no word from DSST. Here’s what we do know.Continue reading “DSST Review, Renew, or Discontinue?”
Special thanks to HS4CC parent Rob B for this lead! Husson University in Maine (yes, regionally accredited) allows high school students to take 2 free online courses per semester. ANY STATE except California. Details below.Continue reading “BREAKING NEWS: Get 2 free dual enrollment courses (classes start Monday)!”
Thanks to our HS4CC Florida moderator Frances for sharing this deal with our group!! Barron’s Advanced Placement prep books are free on Kindle right now. Frances confirmed that she was able to get all 9 books today. (Yes, you can use AP books & practice tests to help you prepare for CLEP!) You can read a Kindle on any device. Links below.
AP Psychology Premium: with 6 Practice Tests (Barron’s Test Prep) Kindle Edition
AP Chemistry with 3 Online Tests (Barron’s Test Prep) Kindle Edition
AP World History: Modern Premium: with 5 Practice Tests (Barron’s AP) Kindle Edition
AP Computer Science A: with 6 Practice Tests (Barron’s Test Prep) Kindle Edition
AP Statistics Premium: with 9 Practice Tests (Barron’s Test Prep) Kindle Edition
AP Biology Premium: with 5 Practice Tests (Barron’s Test Prep) Kindle Edition
AP English Language and Composition Premium: with 8 Practice Tests (Barron’s Test Prep) Kindle Edition
AP United States History with Online Tests (Barron’s Test Prep) Kindle Edition
AP European History Premium: with 5 Practice Tests (Barron’s Test Prep) Tenth Edition, Kindle Edition
Homeschooling for College Credit will challenge you to reconsider the wisdom of popular college propaganda and how to make better choices for your family. Even if you’ve never been to college, this book will turn you into a well-informed homeschool guidance counselor ready to proceed with confidence.
I continue to follow the updates and changes rolled out by ACE this year. This post outlines what I know so far, and what you’ll need to do if you have ACE credit.Continue reading “ACE Update”
HS4CC operates Facebook groups for each of our 50 states, but we also have specialty groups that serve special segments of our community working around a common goal of earning college credit in a unique way. Our specialty HS4CC groups serve military families, degree planners, NCAA student athletes, and now we have a new group serving a new community- Arizona State University Earned Admission students!Continue reading “We have a new HS4CC Facebook Group!”
Some of you are following closely the transition happening at ACE regarding how transcripts are managed. Here’s the latest news and my thoughts moving forward.Continue reading “ACE Transcript Changes: More Updates”
ACE put out a press release early 2020 about a shift toward free electronic transcripts! We love free, and this shift moves their transcript service to an outside company. Updates will continue as new information is learned about this new program and process.Continue reading “ACE Transcript Changes – Happening NOW”