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Dual Enrollment

What is Dual Enrollment?

Dual or Concurrent enrollment provides high school students the opportunity to take college-credit bearing courses taught by college-approved high school teachers. It is a low-cost, scalable model for bringing accelerated courses to students in urban, suburban, and rural high schools. Students gain exposure to the academic challenges of college while in their supportive high school environment, earning transcripted college credit at the time they successfully pass the course.

Dual and concurrent enrollment also facilitates close collaboration between high school teachers and college faculty that fosters alignment of secondary and postsecondary curriculum.

Sometimes called “dual credit,” “dual enrollment,” or “college in the high school,” concurrent enrollment partnerships differ from other models of dual enrollment because high school instructors teach the college courses.



OPS Offers dual enrollment in Advanced Placement courses and in Career Education courses.  This page provides information on the current Career Education dual enrollment courses.

Career Education has 47 dual enrollment courses where successful students can earn college credit.

Dual enrollment courses are taught in the various OPS high schools and Career Center.  OPS Career Education partners with Metropolitan Community College, University of Nebraska Omaha, College of St. Mary, and Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture to provide this opportunity to students.   Click the link below to view the Career Education Dual Enrollment course listing.

DE Informational Flyer - FINAL.pdf

DE Informational Flyer 19-20 SPANISH.pdf


Career Education DE Course Listing 18-19.pdf

Q: When can students take a dual enrollment class?

A: Dual Enrollment courses can be in grades 9, 10, 11, and 12.  College ready high school students enrolled in a course that has the dual enrollment opportunity available (college credit-bearing course work) can participate if they meet the eligibility requirements.

Q: What are the student eligibility criteria to take a Dual Enrollment class?

A: Students must be recommended by a high school official/teacher and have completed any prerequisites.  Student eligibility can be determined by using GPA, course objectives of a completed high school course may match the objectives of a college prerequisite course, and therefore, demonstrate proficiency and readiness for college-level work, ACT scores, assessment/Accuplacer scores, or other criteria that can predict success.

Q:  How much does a dual enrollment course cost?

A:  Cost is determined by the partnering college or university.  Costs are subject to change.

 MCC:  $48 per class
 UNO:  $250 per class (AP courses)
 CSM:  $33 per credit ($99 per 3 credit course)
 NCTA:  $60.50 per credit

Q: What if a student/parent cannot afford the cost of a Dual Enrollment course?
A: Students who cannot afford the tuition cost of dual enrollment may still be able to participate. Students who receive free or reduced price lunch can still participate in Dual Enrollment by way of scholarships/grant funds which will pay the cost. If a student does not qualify for need-based programs, the student must pay the tuition cost in order to participate.

Q:  What scholarships and grants that pay Dual Enrollment tuition cost for Free and Reduced Price Lunch (FRL) students?

A:  The Nebraska Access College Early (ACE) Scholarship pays tuition for two dual enrollment courses for low-income students who are FRL eligible.  Once a student reaches the maximum number of 3 scholarships from ACE, OPS has a private grant that provides tuition assistance for any additional dual enrollment courses.  

*Students are FRL eligible but are not United States citizens receive dual enrollment tuition support from the OPS grant.

Q: What if students/families receive bills, notices, or statements from the college that seem inaccurate?
A: Generally speaking, most colleges and universities have automatic mailing systems on outstanding balances once students have registered for a dual enrollment course.  Tuition payment from the state ACE Scholarship or OPS grant (for FRL students) takes several weeks to process and reconcile.  As such, there are times when there may be an outstanding balance because of the delayed payment process.  Retain any statements/bills/notices for safekeeping only if you are a FRL student.  If you are a full-pay student, you are responsible for payment and must contact the institution on the mailing.  OPS works diligently with all partner institutions try to prevent unnecessary mailings and ensure technical assistance for all dual enrollment students.   

What is expected?
Components that are critical to the success of the OPS Career Education Dual Enrollment (DE) program include a strong commitment from the district, building administration (including ACE Scholarship coordinators), curriculum specialists/department heads, and DE teachers who are dedicated to providing a college level experience with college credit-bearing opportunities to high school students. The following links outline expectations for Career Education Dual Enrollment:

1.  Career Education Dual Enrollment Teacher Expectations.pdf 

Student Expectations:  

Students must be college ready and maintain a grade of C or higher in order to earn college credit and have it be transferable to other college institutions.

ACE Scholarship for students on Free or Reduced Price Lunch program:

In 2019-2020, the ACE Scholarship has a 3 course maximum limit per student per year.

ACE Scholarship Student Criteria and Eligibility

In 2018-2019, OPS mandated the Personal Finance course as a graduation requirement.  

The Honors Personal Finance course has been created to provide the dual enrollment opportunity for enrolled students.  Honors Personal Finance aligns to FINA 1000 at Metropolitan Community College for 4.5 credits.  While this credit transfers only as a lower level elective credit to a 4-year institution, participation is recommended for all students.  Research indicates that participation in a student success  - a college course that typically has lower requirements for participation  - increases the likelihood students will complete college (2007, CCRC & Columbia University).

For more information, please review the Student & Parent Orientation below.

DE Honors Personal Finance 2019-2020 Informational Flyer FINAL.pdf

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DE Honors Personal Finance 2019-2020 Informational Flyer.pdf


Starting in 2019-2020, Omaha Public Schools and Metropolitan Community College will implement the MCC Career Academies partnership.   This partnership provides students with programming to OPS Junior and Senior students in career fields not currently available at OPS high schools or through the OPS Career Center.

OPS students must complete an application and MCC selects students to admit into the program.  All costs, including tuition and transportation are the students responsibility.  Students with good attendance, on track for graduation, and have an interest in one of the career fields are ideal candidates.  Informational one-pager Curriculum Guide Insert - MCC CA 19-20.pdf

Overview of Programs and coursework - MCC Career Academy Programs 2019-2020 (1) - OPS Edits.pdf 



2019-2020 MCC Career Academy First Year Application (1) - OPS edits FINAL.pdf

Deadline for 2019-2020 application is March 4, 2019.