Early to college, early to rise (to success!)

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Parents, I’m sure you’ve heard the old adage, “Early to bed, early to rise.”  The same can be said for early college enrollment as well!

Mountwest offers many options to high school students who are looking to earn college credit before they graduate.

A recent study by the American Institutes for Research shows that high school students who take college courses early are more likely to graduate high school and attend college than their counterparts. Not only can taking classes while still in high school contribute to your student’s success, it can also save them time and money in the long run – something both students and parents can agree on.

Let’s explore some of the ways Mountwest helps area high school students “rise” to success

Early Entry

Early entry is an economical option for eligible high school students. Classes can be taken online or in-person during fall, spring and summer semesters. This provides the opportunity for students to learn from Mountwest’s quality faculty at a fraction of the price of a four-year college or university. Students enrolled in early entry courses can use earned credits to continue their education at Mountwest or transfer to one of our many partner institutions.

To apply for early entry, students need to submit a completed enrollment application (paper or online copy), letter of recommendation from their high school and a copy of their preliminary high school transcript.

Dual Enrollment

Mountwest offers classes at select area high schools, allowing students to earn college credit without leaving the comfort of their campus. In some instances, students can earn a full semester of college credit prior to graduation! Course offerings vary depending on high school and semester and a full list can be accessed through your student’s guidance department.

College Transition

The College Transition Initiative, created by the Community and Technical College System of West Virginia (WVCTCS), gives area high school career center students the ability to participate in a “College 101” course through Mountwest. This course supplies them with the necessary services and resources to make a successful transition upon graduation. Some of the topics covered in the College 101 course include career planning, résumé writing, research, time management and critical thinking exercises. Students will receive 1 credit hour upon completing the class and invaluable skills to take with them as they pursue the next step in their education.


Would you like your student to earn a degree and graduate early? Depending on which degree they would like to pursue, they may be able to earn one full year of college credit while still in high school through West Virginia’s EDGE program. WV EDGE combines both curriculum and work-based experience to create a seamless transition between education and career options. By taking the right courses in high school, you can save money while working toward your degree since there is no fee for taking EDGE courses. To learn more about which of your student’s courses may qualify as community and technical college credit, visit the high school’s guidance department. Upon completing EDGE courses and exams and submitting the required form, courses will be converted to college credit.

As you can see, high school students have many opportunities to get a jump start on their college career at Mountwest.  Through our early entry, dual enrollment, college transition and EDGE programs, students can earn credits, save time and money and receive important resources to give them a competitive edge.

For additional information on how to help your student get an “early rise to success,” please contact Mountwest’s Off ice of Admissions & Recruitment at 304-710-3360 or admissions@mctc.edu.
We look forward to hearing from you!


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