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Being a Parent of a JE Student

Joint Enrollment (JE)  is a wonderful opportunity for your student; they are able to earn college credit while still in high school at little or no cost to you. This means they can begin to explore the rigor of college academics while they are still in the secure atmosphere of your home and their local high school. All of this should help them to be successful when they graduate and pursue other academic opportunities.

At NCC we have been actively involved in this academic opportunity for many years and have a few ideas you may find helpful. You are an important part of their success!

You know them best, be a guide!

  • Encourage them to think through the courses they want to take, and enroll in courses that meet their academic and personal goals.
  • Do they have the time to spend on a college course? We expect students to spend two hours studying for every hour in class, which may be more than they give to a high school class. 
  • Do they have the time to spend on a college course? We expect students to spend two hours studying for every hour in class, which may be more than they give to a high school class.  

Understand that in these classes they are a College student first – and a high school student second! This is the hard thing to remember, especially when they are being taught by a highly qualified high school teacher on their own campus.

  • Encourage them to set priorities and stick with them. When high school activities conflict with college classes, the college class must usually come first. Students may contact their instructors ahead of time for accommodations, but must abide by the decision.
  • The grade for the course(s) will appear on their official college transcript and may affect financial aid in the future if they are not successful. They will need to comply with college dates and deadlines for adding and dropping classes.
  • FERPA guidelines may prevent us from talking directly to you about your student’s work. We are in direct contact with the high school guidance counselor, and do all we can to communicate with both of you. However, they are college students and need to become self-advocates by talking to their instructors and to college advisors and other personnel.

NCC is their partner in success!

  • NCC is responsible for providing quality instruction. If you have concerns about the instructor please contact the Dean of Extended Learning Services at NCC.
  • NCC will provide additional advising to your students upon request. We will be glad to help them plan for future education through career exploration assessment and personal advising.
  • NCC must provide the same services to our high school students that we do for our post-secondary students. They are able to use our tutoring services, library, computer labs and they may have a student ID.
  • NCC must provide transcripts to students when appropriate and keep a good academic record.
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