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Highland’s CollegeNOW program continues to grow with the addition of Aquin

The Highland Community College Board of Trustees has approved an agreement with Aquin Catholic High School to be among 10 area high schools to participate in the CollegeNOW program. The program allows high school students to take college-level classes to earn both a high school diploma from their school and an Associate’s Degree from Highland simultaneously.

At the November board meeting, trustees approved the agreement with Aquin and continued the agreement with Dakota. Other participating schools are Durand, Forreston, Freeport, Lena-Winslow, Orangeville, Pecatonica, Pearl City, and Warren. Around 30 high school students from the area take advantage of this opportunity.

“CollegeNOW is a great program for students who want to challenge themselves and get ahead start on their college academics,” said Vicki Schulz, Highland student advisor. “The program gives the students a chance to take on rigorous courses in math and science so that they are well prepared to transfer to the four-year university.”

The CollegeNOW program at Highland provides students with an opportunity to enroll in college-level courses full-time while earning dual credit toward a high school diploma and an associate’s degree. The program has grown from one participating high school in the Fall Semester of 2012 to 10 participating high schools for the Fall Semester of 2019.

For more information on CollegeNOW, contact Vicki Schulz at or call 815-599-3664.