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College Now

Through the alignment of curriculum between high school and college courses, College Now provides high school students the opportunity to earn college credit and high school credit for select classes. High school teachers (once approved by their Principal and Columbia Gorge Community College to teach a college credit course) work with CGCC faculty to offer the course at their high school and arrange for student registration and submit student grades to CGCC for credit.

The high school teacher is responsible for obtaining their Principal's approval to offer College Now courses at their high school(s).

Become a College Now/Dual Credit Instructor

Interested in teaching a College Now course? Follow the two-step process below to articulate your class as an accredited College Now course.

Step 1: Inquiry Form - To become a College Now Instructor, the first step is to submit an Inquiry Form. The Inquiry Form is a (short) yearly application that all College Now instructors complete to inform CGCC of their intent to teach a College Now course.

The form can be completed here: https://form.jotform.com/230756945411054

All new instructors must submit a resume and unofficial transcripts with their application. New teachers will also want to identify which CGCC course they plan to offer. Available CGCC courses and course requirements can be viewed on the CCOGs page.

Returning teachers only need to submit which class they plan to teach and an expected time frame.

Step 1: Inquiry Form Deadline
Inquiry Forms must be submitted before the teacher begins teaching course content.

  • Fall Start Date: August 15th
  • Winter Start Date: October 15th
  • Spring Start Date: January 15th

 

Step 2: Course Approval/Renewal - Once the Step 1: Inquiry Form has been submitted and accepted by CGCC, you will receive a link to the Step 2: Course Approval/Renewal Form. Step 2 asks for important details about the course, including plans for a yearly assessment, a complete syllabus, and class schedule information.

All first-term teachers will be assigned a mentor. Returning teachers who are qualified to teach the course content at the community college level (see the FAQ below for qualification information) do not need a mentor after their first term. The mentor assists with course content alignment and syllabus creation. New teachers will need to connect with their mentor (after an introduction email from CGCC) and begin creating a syllabus with the mentor's guidance.

Once the syllabus is ready for submission and the mentor has communicated their approval of the course, complete and submit the Step 2: Course Approval/Renewal Form.

Step 2: Course Approval/Renewal Deadlines
Please submit Step 2 before the class begins to cover content for the requested CGCC course. It is recommended that teachers submit the form at the beginning of the year, if possible, unless the course does not begin until a later semester/trimester.

Classes will be assigned to the CGCC term that best aligns with when course content ends and students receive final grades.

  • Fall Term: Courses ending between August and December
  • Winter Term: Courses ending between January and March
  • Spring  Term: Courses ending between April and June

Information and Forms

2023-24 Registration Dates

  • Fall Term: September 1st - October 27th
  • Winter Term: November 13th - February 2nd
  • Spring Term: February 26th - April 19th

Term Information: How CGCC Terms Align with High School Semesters/Trimesters

Students register for the CGCC term that aligns with the high school end of term and the date the class will complete all required CGCC content. 

  • Classes that end before mid-December are typically Fall Term classes.
  • Classes that end after mid-December but before mid-March are typically Winter Term classes.
  • Classes that end after March but before mid-June are typically Spring Term classes.

For Semester Schools, this means that classes that begin in September but end in January (Semester 1) are typically Winter Term classes while January to June classes are considered Spring courses. 

All listed classes are expected to run but may be canceled for various reasons. Students will not be charged College Now fees for any canceled classes. Confirmed classes (see the Confirmed tab below) are rarely canceled.

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Mentors/Faculty Sponsors

Mentors are CGCC instructors who sponsor a high school teacher without the required credentials to teach a college-level course.

  • Introduce the high school teacher to expectations regarding contact hours, course content, syllabus, and assessment.
  • Serve as the contact person for academic-related questions during the course
  •  Conduct midterm peer observations of the high school teacher. One midterm a year, per course. 
  • Review examples of student work to ensure comparable grading standards and assessment methods.

Guides

Forms

Course Outcomes Assessment

The yearly assessment of College Now courses. Outcomes assessment at this level measures student achievement of individual course outcomes. Results and analysis from the outcomes assessment are used by faculty to improve teaching and learning at the course level.

Part A - The Course Assessment planning has been bundled in with the yearly College Now paperwork that all teachers complete. If you turned your paperwork in physically or if you would like to change your assessment to another class, you can fill out the Part A section only, here.

Part B - Teachers will receive a request to complete this form at the end of the term. 

Student Assistance

Students must individually apply to CGCC and register for each course that they plan to earn dual credit in. To help teachers walk students through these processes, CGCC offers the following guides.

If the student has already applied to CGCC, they do not need to apply again! If students are unsure about previously applying, they can email cgraham@cgcc.edu for confirmation and/or account information.

Students can apply anytime (before registration ends) but we encourage early applications since processing can take several weeks.

  1. Open the Non Degree-Seeking application here. Note: This application works well on smartphones and tablets! 
  2. Select College Now as your Program.
  3. Fill out the form, using your official high school email.
  4. Click "Apply Now!" 
  5. Wait 1-2 weeks for CGCC to process your application. If you do not hear back from CGCC with your login information, contact studentservices@cgcc.edu for an update.

  1. Log into your student account at https://my.cgcc.edu
  2. Click Academics on the left and then when it appears, click Registration.

  3. Scroll down slightly and click the blue Registration button in the middle of the screen. If asked to select a term, select the correct College Now term. 

  4. A new window will pop up. In the new window, scroll down to "All Courses - Includes Required and Elective courses."

  5. Scroll through the list of College Now classes, until you see the class you want to register for.

  6. Click the green plus sign icon on the far left of the desired class. 

  7. In the bottom half of the window, find the "Register / Drop" button on the right side. Click Register/Drop. 

  8. Finally, click Register/Unregister All. 

  9. You should now see your classes on your Class Schedule in the student portal!

Students can also watch a video guide by clicking here.

Frequently Asked Questions

For the 2023-24 Year:

  • Fall: December 11th
  • Winter: March 25th
  • Spring: June 17th

Instructors must submit grades online through the Faculty Portal.

Grades are due at the conclusion of your College Now course and before the CGCC term (that your course is aligned with) ends. If you are teaching a sequence, grades should be submitted at the end of each course within the term.

It is the responsibility of the student to notify their instructor by the stated deadline if they wish to withdraw from a course. The instructor will then notify CGCC's Student Services to withdraw the student. Instructors are encouraged to remind students of the withdrawal deadline. 

CGCC College Now High School instructors must meet the following qualifications to be unsponsored:

  • Lower Division College Transfer Course
    • Master’s degree in the subject area; or

    •  Master's degree in a related area plus 24 graduate hours of credit in the subject area; or

    • Demonstrated competency in the field.

  • CTE Course
    •  Master’s degree in the subject area and three (3) years recent, full-time, nonteaching experience in the field; or
    • Master’s degree in a related area plus 24 graduate hours of credit in upper division coursework in the subject area, and three (3) years recent, full-time, non-teaching work experience in the field; or
    • Bachelor’s degree in the subject area and four (4) years recent, full-time, nonteaching work experience in the field; or
    • Bachelor’s degree in a related area, plus 24 hours upper division coursework in the subject area, plus four (4) years recent, full-time, non-teaching work experience in the field; or
    • Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in subject area or professional education plus five (5) years recent, full-time, non-teaching work experience in the field, or demonstrated competency and/or qualifications set by licensing organization in the field.

High school teachers who meet these qualifications and are interested in teaching a College Now course should review the College Now Handbook to understand the expectations of teaching a college credit course at the high school. 

Teachers who do not meet these qualifications can still teach a dual-credit course. These teachers work closely with a CGCC faculty member to ensure that class content meets college standards.  

First-Year College Now high school teachers and sponsored teachers will work with an assigned CGCC faculty mentor to create a course syllabus, which will include the approved course description and the approved course outcomes. CGCC’s course content and outcomes guides (CCOG) provide this information and can be found here: https://www.cgcc.edu/ccogs. Please see CGCC's Syllabus Template (Appendix p. 15 of the College Now Teacher Handbook) to assist with the format of the syllabus.

Students will register for your class during the CGCC quarter which aligns with when your students will fully complete all required course content and earn their final grade.

  • A class that starts in September but ends before December 13th will be considered a Fall Term class with registration occurring in September.
  • A class that starts anytime during the school year but ends between January and March 25 will be considered a Winter Term class with students registering in November.
  • A class that starts anytime but ends in June, will be considered a Spring class. Students will register for this class in February.

For the 2023-24 School Year

  • Fall Term: September 1st - Oct 27th
  • Winter Term: Nov 13th - Feb 2nd
  • Spring Term: Feb 26th - Apr 19th

View the CGCC Academic Calendar for term information and grade submission deadlines.

It is important that College Now syllabi meet all CGCC requirements. A strong syllabus is vital, as many students will find themselves sending your syllabi to future universities when challenging denied transfer credit. 

You can view our syllabus resource page here.

Tips for College Now syllabi

  • Utilize the CGCC Syllabus Template here.
  • Create one syllabus for each CGCC offering. If your class runs for the entire year but offers two different classes (such as English classes that offer both WR121 and WR122) you will want two separate syllabi.
  • Ask CGCC for a syllabus from the previous year. You can use this as a template when creating your own syllabi. You can also ask your mentor for a copy of their syllabus.