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Give Your Child a Head Start on College

Dual Credit/High School Age Programs from the Parents' Perspective

Your son or daughter can earn college credit now, while they are still in high school.  Students who enroll in CNM’s Dual Credit program during their sophomore through senior years simultaneously earn college and high school elective credit.  Some of our students have graduated with a high school diploma and an Associate’s degree at the same time.

Dual Credit is a Great Deal:

  • No tuition or registration fees. Classes are free except for occasional lab fees and high school districts and charter schools pay for textbooks.  Be sure to have your student print their Schedule of Classes from my CNM to ensure they have a zero balance.  Course and lab fees are due within 24 hours of registering for classes.
  • Students have full access to all CNM Student Services including computer labs, libraries, tutoring services and activity clubs.
  • The Dual Credit program meets the new high school graduation requirement that all students must take at least one Dual Credit, Distance Learning, Advanced Placement or Honors course.

Common Concerns

  • According to FERPA, CNM faculty and staff are prohibited from discussing grades or enrollment status with anyone other than the student unless a release form is submitted.
  • Does your child require special services? According to Dual Credit statute special service accommodations must be provided by the state charter school or high school district.  However, students are encouraged to make an appointment with CNM Special Services who can help determine what accommodations are required.
  • Worried about transportation? Many classes can be taken online . Check with your students principal to see what Dual Credit classes may be offered at the high school.

Dual Credit opens the door to college and beyond. Encourage your son or daughter to meet this new challenge. Remind them to speak to faculty members or get tutoring assistance if needed.  Most of all, ask questions about what they’re learning and show your pride in their achievement.

If your child attends a private school or is home-schooled consider our College & Career-Bound Program. Tuition fees apply to this program, which offers college preparatory (900-level) courses and above for students who do not qualify for the Dual Credit program.  If your child attends a public school and wants to take 900-level courses the College & Career-Bound Program provides that opportunity.

More questions or concerns?

Please call us at 505-224-4238 or email us .