What is CollegeNOW! ... ?


Six students in a class. One male student raising his hand.CollegeNOW! (often described as Early College) assists with dual credit or concurrent enrollment classes taken by high school students in the Western Nebraska Community College service area of 12 1/2 counties at a discount of only 50 percent of regular tuition and fees. Doing so can save students and families hundreds to thousands of dollars in tuition, depending on how many college classes a student chooses to take during their high school years.

Students may save a semester or more of college because of credits received while in high school and also receive industry certifications for direct placement into the workforce. Credit from WNCC transfers easily to many four-year institutions. There could be a savings in not only tuition, but also room and board if the normal four years of college is shortened. 

CollegeNOW! classes have proven to be popular among the students from high schools in the WNCC service area. Records indicate that a good number of graduating seniors in western Nebraska high schools have registered for one or more WNCC college classes during their time in high school.

Number of Seniors Registered for One or More WNCC Classes in High School

  • 2012 = 366
  • 2013 = 351
  • 2014 = 395
  • 2015 = 366

High school students may be able to take these classes in one or more delivery methods:

  1. Classes offered in their high schools taught by high school teachers who are approved as adjunct instructors with the same criteria as Western Nebraska Community College instructors.
  2. Classes offered at the Alliance, Scottsbluff, or Sidney campuses by WNCC instructors. Some WNCC instructors hold dual credit certificates from the Nebraska Department of Education that can allow high schools to accept these classes for high school credit as well.
  3. WNCC has a number of classes that are offered in an online format. These classes may be dual credit or concurrent enrollment.
  4. Students may also be able to connect with interactive televised classes in their high school. Some are taught by WNCC instructors or adjunct instructors from other high schools.