Admissions to HCC

From the 2015-2016 Catalog

Programs for High School Students

Housatonic offers a number of programs which provide access to the college for high school students.

High School Partnership Program (HSP)

Housatonic and many area high schools have signed agreements which permit eligible high school juniors and seniors to enroll in college-level credit courses at Housatonic at no cost under the Housatonic High School Partnership Program. To be eligible for consideration, students must have the written recommendation of their high school principal or counselor, have at least an 80 (“B”) academic average, and test into college-level (non-remedial) courses. Students admitted under the High School Partnership Program are responsible for the cost of their books and transportation. Based on availability of funds, students might be eligible for a book voucher. Each high school is limited to enrolling one student each semester.

College Career Pathways

College Career Pathways (CCP) is a concurrent enrollment program between Housatonic Community College (HCC) and the area’s high schools. CCP is federally-funded through the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act of 2006, “which provides an increased focus on the academic achievement of career and technical education students, strengthens the connection between secondary and postsecondary education, and improves state and local accountability “ (U.S. Department of Education).

CCP is a career and technical education (CTE) designed program in which career pathways are directly connected to degree and certificate programs at HCC.  Students who are in their junior or senior year of high school are exposed to the rigor of a college level experience and have an opportunity to earn college credit. CCP is devised to build student competency in career pathway courses and provide academic preparation for today’s highly skilled workforce needs. Currently, students may enroll in college courses in the following career areas: Accounting; Marketing; Early Childhood Education; and Allied Health. High school instructors must possess the comparable credentials as HCC faculty teaching the same courses on campus or online in adherence to the accreditation standards of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

The area high schools partnering in the HCC Consortium include: Ansonia High School, Bassick High School, Bullard Havens Technical High School, Bunnell High School, Central High School, Foran High School, Jonathan Law High School, Shelton High School, Stratford High School, Trumbull High School, and Warren Harding High School. For more information, contact Terry Walden, HCC High School Outreach Coordinator at (203) 332-5176 or or speak to your high school guidance counselor.    

All Other High School Students

In order for students, including non-HSP and all others without a high school diploma or GED to be admitted to Housatonic, they must demonstrate sufficient scholastic ability as demonstrated by meeting the following minimum scores on the Accuplacer placement test: Reading (score of 55 or higher); Sentence Skills (score of 60 or higher); Arithmetic (score of 34 or higher). For consistency purposes, these are the same minimum scores used by the Federal government in determining financial aid eligibility for certain students. A letter of recommendation from their high school principal or a designated representative also must be submitted with the application to the Admissions Office. These students are required to pay tuition and fees for any courses taken.

All students without a high school diploma or GED may be admitted to courses of study for which they satisfy the prerequisites. These students should have such maturity and other qualities indicating ability to profit from a program offered by the college. Maturity level may be determined through a personal interview. The credits earned shall be held until graduation from high school, at which time credits may be used to satisfy appropriate degree requirements or may be transferred to other colleges.

Unless students have a qualifying SAT or ACT test waiver, a placement test is required of all students who are interested in participating in the High School Partnership Program and for other high school students on a tuition-paying basis who plan on taking classes at Housatonic Community College.