Secondary Partnerships

Secondary Partnerships supports early college experiences for high school students, providing them the opportunity to earn college credit while in high school by taking advantage of one of the following programs:

Career Academy

High school students (16-plus years of age) have the opportunity to attend a sequence of career classes with a cohort of their peers at a Metropolitan Community College campus. Career Academy programs culminate in a career certificate or specialist diploma.


CollegeNOW! is a program specifically designed for high school students to offer a jumpstart on their college education with half-price tuition.

Dual Enrollment

Students earn both high school credit and college credit simultaneously while attending their scheduled course in the high school classroom.

Gateway to College

High school students who have disengaged from a traditional high school setting have an opportunity to complete high school requirements in a college environment.

Summer Educators Interns  

Nebraska Resident high school students receive discounted standard tuition determined by program type.

Student email

A Metropolitan Community College student email is provided  free of charge. To use the College email, log into MyWay

Need help logging in to MyWay? View the MyWay basic guide for more instructions.

Class schedules, registration statements, invoices and other information are sent to student email accounts rather than through the U.S. Postal Service. Communication via student email provides the opportunity to save paper and help create a sustainable environment.

Access College Early Scholarships

Student Scholarship Program Act may be able to fund your MCC course, with course numbers of 1000 and higher. Authorized by the Nebraska Legislature in 2007, the Access College Early  Scholarship Program Act (LB 192) pays tuition and mandatory fees for qualified, low-income high school students to enroll in college courses at Nebraska colleges or universities, either through dual-enrollment or early enrollment agreements with these institutions. High school students may apply for funding under this program by completing the ACE Student Application, which is reviewed by the Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education for award consideration.

To qualify for the scholarship, the student or student's family must be approved to participate in one of the federal need-based government programs listed or have experienced an extreme hardship that affects family income  Free or Reduced Price Lunch Program, Supplemental Security Income, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program  or Special Supplemental Assistance Program. The student must provide documentation, from their high school, verifying approval to participate in the program or of the hardship.

ACE application dates:

Fall quarter

April 1

Dec. 15

Winter quarter

Nov. 1

March 31

Spring quarter

Nov. 15

May 15

Summer quarter

April 1

July 1 for start dates before July 1


April 1

Sept. 15 for start dates July 1 and after


Contact Information

Chuck Chevalier, associate vice president of Secondary Partnerships, 531-MCC-2368
Jordan Pirtle, director of Secondary Partnerships and Gateway to College, 531-MCC-2380
Secondary Partnerships main line, 531-MCC-2213 
Pat Addison, associate, 531-MCC-2612
Sarah Hayden, associate, 531-MCC-2735
Jacquie Woods, associate, 531-MCC-2366
Dorothy Johnson, dual enrollment navigator, Millard Public Schools, 531-MCC-2325
Anthony Curcio, early career coordinator, 531-MCC-2547
Gem Mertz, early career coordinator, 531-MCC-2546