Academies and Start College Now offer the opportunity for students to take college-level courses while still in High School.

Start College Now

Start College Now is a program that allows eligible high school juniors and seniors to take courses during the school year either on NTC’s campus or online.

Students must be enrolled in a public high school, have completed 10th grade with good academic standing, meet course prerequisites, have written approval from a parent or guardian, and have an acceptable disciplinary record.

The school district is responsible for tuition, course fees, and books for approved Start College Now courses that are not comparable courses at the high school.

Not all students may be approved to take courses through Start College Now: they must meet their district’s Board Policy requirements to be recommended for approval by the board. Submitting a Start College Now application and obtaining board approval does not guarantee that a student will be able to take a course. The technical college will determine if room is available in the identified course(s).

Start College Now students are considered college students in the eye of the technical college.

A student may be required to repay his or her school district for tuition paid for any course(s) that the student fails or fails to complete.


Start College Now Application

District approved Start College Now Applications can be scanned and emailed to

Once students submit an application to their school district, the student should continue to monitor their email for further directions from the College to the email on the Start College Now application.

Applications must be submitted to the high school by the following dates: March 1st for Fall term, October 1st for Spring term.

Start College Now Course Options

Start College Now Course options can be viewed in our Start College Now Coursebook or through our course search to view course availability. Please pay attention to course prerequisites.

Start College Now FAQs

View our Start College Now Frequently Asked Questions for answers to common questions.

It is recommended that students speak with their school counselor if they are interested in taking courses through Start College Now.


If a student has an IEP or 504 Plan and would like to have similar supports for their NTC class, they can fill out the Application for Accommodations.

Once we receive their application, a member of our Disability Services team will be in touch to schedule an intake. High school accommodations do not automatically transfer to NTC. Students must apply for accommodations through NTC in order to start this process.


Academies provide an opportunity for students to take a group of college-level courses related to their future career plans. Through partnerships between NTC and high schools throughout our district, students are able to either earn a degree from NTC or earn a significant number of credits toward a degree, all at no cost to the students. In addition, to ensure their success, participants receive dedicated support from NTC’s Pre-College Specialist. Courses are offered through the Start College Now program and require school district approval.

Academies can be customized based on program interest.


Have Questions?

Please contact Crystal Witt-Whybrow with any questions relating to Academies or Start College Now.

Crystal Witt-Whybrow

Crystal Witt-Whybrow