Early College Experience

Early College Experience Online

Early College Experience strives to provide access to higher education to a diverse student population. In addition to courses taught on site through our High School Based program, ECE offers these courses online:




Film ArtsAmerican Government
Art AppreciationCollege Algebra
College AlgebraComputer Information Systems
Computer Information SystemsEnglish Comp II
English Comp IUS History since 1877

Public Speaking

Medical Terminology
US History to 1877Public Speaking
Personal Health and SafetyPersonal Health and Safety
Medical TerminologyPsychology

Facilities/ Scheduling

Classes are offered during a class period in a computer lab at the high school. A lab/classroom facilitator monitors student progress and discusses possible improvement strategies for students who are not on track to be successful in the course. NWACC provides training for facilitators.

Student Support

Students taking courses online through Early College Experience are required to participate in an orientation and receive instructions on the use of Blackboard, including information on online interaction, note-taking, and time management strategies. Early College Experience collects student performance reports from faculty and shares information with school counselors for the purpose of early interventions for students not on track to be successful


Students take proctored exams for the online courses. If the high school is unable to provide proctors, they need to contact the Early College Experience office to schedule someone to proctor exams for their online students.


Students pay reduced tuition based on the school district where they live. There is a $22 distance learning fee per course, and a $50 fee for online Biology or Environmental Sciences.  Students are responsible for purchasing required textbooks or course materials.

Registration and Enrollment dates

Fall: April 1 – July 1
Spring: November 1 – December 20
ECE will enroll students as completed applications, transcripts and test scores are received.

Eligible students must meet the following criteria to take ECE Online courses:

  • Be enrolled in grades 10-12
  • Have a high school cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 grading system
  • Have the following minimum test scores for English, Reading, and Math
ACCUPLACER837886 Elementary Algebra and 42 College Math
ASPIRE428428434 plus a C or better in Algebra II