The Start College Now Program is a post-secondary participation program sponsored by the Wisconsin Technical Colleges. This program is available to high school students in grades eleven (11) and twelve (12) who meet the program requirements and may be able to earn both high school and technical college credit. Participation in SCNP opens the door to greater learning opportunities for students wishing to begin college early or students who want to prepare to enter the workforce immediately after high school graduation.
Eligibility requirements for the Start College Now program:
- Public high school juniors and/or seniors who are in good academic standing, do not have disciplinary problems, and are not state-defined At-Risk students are eligible to enroll in the Gateway Technical College Start College Now Program
- Kenosha Unified School District Policy and Rule 6435 indicates that students in grades 9-12 may take up to a total of 18 post-secondary credits. A student may not simultaneously participate in Start College Now courses and courses in institutions of higher education through the Early College Credit Program.
- The deadlines for filing the SNC enrollment forms are no later than March 1 for the fall semester and October 1 for the spring semester. If October 1 or March 1 is a weekend date, completed packets are due the prior Friday.
- The Start College Now technical college credit ratio is: 4 college credits = 1 high school credit.
- The Gateway Technical College Dual Credit Coordinator reviews the Start College Now applications. Students will receive a letter from Gateway Technical College letting them know they are approved for the course(s). Students will be invited to connect with their New Student Specialist at their school and attend a Start College Now Registration Night.
- Families may have additional fees such as placement tests, exams, parking permits, cosmetology kits, flight school, welding supplies, workbooks, and other materials or supplies that would become the property of the student. Kenosha Unified School District does not provide transportation to the colleges.
- Most Gateway Technical College fall courses start around the same time that the KUSD school year starts. The spring GTC classes start the second week of January. Students must synchronize their high school and Gateway Technical College schedule. Bring a copy of the Gateway course schedule to your high school counselor to verify your enrollment and to obtain releases you may need during the school day.
- If a student receives a failing grade(s) or drops a course for which the school district has made payment, the school board will request reimbursement for all costs related to the course(s). Reimbursement will be requested from the student if he/she is an adult or from the student’s parents/guardians, if the student is under 18 years of age.