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College NOW Program

Heartland is committed to partnering with in-district high schools and career centers in an effort to place more students on a guided path to successful college certificate and/or degree completion.


This program provides opportunities consistent with the overall purpose of dual credit, which is outlined by the Dual Credit Quality Act as follows:

  • To reduce college costs.
  • To speed time to degree completion.
  • To improve the curriculum for the high school students and the alignment of the curriculum with college and workplace expectations.
  • To facilitate the transition between high school and college.
  • To enhance communication between high schools and colleges.
  • To offer opportunities for improving degree attainment for underserved student populations.

Key Partnership Components

  • Attend our annual partnership process meetings at Heartland (Normal Campus).

    • The next meeting for high schools will be Sep 11, 2020.
    • The next meeting for career centers will be Jan 8, 2021.
  • Choose appropriate Heartland courses through our course selection process

  • Submit dual credit course requests for the next academic year by the following deadlines each year.

    • High schools: Sep 30th 

    • Career centers: Jan 30th

  • Work with us to assist interested students from your school through the student admission process during the allowable window of opportunity. 

  • Provide us with dual credit rosters containing only students who complete the admission process steps and meet enrollment requirements.

  • Solidify our partnership annually by reviewing, signing, and remitting a memorandum of agreement (MOA).

Email Sarah Diel-Hunt

Vice President, Enrollment & Student Services
Phone: 309-268-8593

Email Alauna Akins

Director, Early College Opportunities
Phone: 309-268-8612

Visit the College NOW student website.