High School to College

On Course for College

On Course for College offers high school students a portfolio of activities, including dual enrollment, concurrent enrollment, articulated credit, and defined programs of study, to enhance the transition from high school to the college setting.  Many of these opportunities are funded in part or fully by the College and its secondary partners.

Under the auspices of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education (CTE) Improvement Act of 2006, NMCC works in partnership with Maine’s CTE regions and centers, their sending schools, business and industry, and communities to prepare students for success in the workplace or at the next level of learning.

Students who participate in On Course for College activities while still in high school could gain the following advantages:

  • transferable college credits awarded at a significantly reduced cost to the student;
  • less duplication of coursework at high school and college;
  • advanced standing in his/her program of study;
  • a more efficient and effective transition from high school to college.

Interested students should check with their local CTE school, or contact Wendy Bradstreet at the On Course for College office at 207-768-2771 for more information.


This program, funded by the Maine Department of Education, the Maine Community College System and the College, enables qualified Maine high school students to receive a full tuition waiver at NMCC for the first course each semester and a 50 percent tuition waiver for the second course (up to a maximum of six credits/two courses) each semester.  This applies to courses taken while simultaneously enrolled in a Maine high school.


  • No more than six credits per student per fall or spring semester.
  • Maine HS juniors or seniors with high school recommendation.
  • Parent or guardian’s approval.
  • Students under the age of 18 must have a Minor Release form on file at NMCC.
  • Not to be used in conjunction with or as a replacement for any other tuition reduction program (except as stated above currently available for Maine high school students (e.g. early admission, Early College for ME, etc.).
  • Student must satisfy all course prerequisite conditions, which may include completion of Accuplacer testing, and must  adhere to all college rules and regulations, including attendance requirements.
  • Courses available under the program are limited to those taught by direct, on-site instruction.
  • Students and/or their families are responsible for costs including tuition (if class credit hours exceed program  maximum), books, supplies and/or other related expenses.
  • Withdrawal from or failure to complete the course may void the waiver.

Funds and course space are limited and are available on a first-come, first-qualified, first-served basis.

Dual Enrollment

Students may complete college-level coursework while in high school.  Courses are taught by qualified CTE instructors with the College’s syllabus and materials.  Students earn both high school and college credit for their work.


Embark is a high school-to-college transition program designed to help high school students who are undecided about their future learn more about their college options. Embark offers students individualized encouragement and guidance through the college admissions process, personalized financial aid support, and the chance to take a college course at no cost (we pay tuition, fees, and books) in their senior year.

Embark students who do choose to attend a Maine community college are then eligible for a two year scholarship and continued personalized support and guidance in college. High schools select students to participate in their junior year and then nominate seniors for the scholarship opportunity. The program is offered in over 80 high schools statewide. For more information, ask your high school guidance counselor or visit embark@mccs.me.edu

Embark staff serving the Northern Maine Community College region:

Ruth White, Regional Access Director
NMCC: 207-768-2856