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College Acceleration Program
Welcome! Through the College Acceleration Program (CAP) of Niagara County Community College, high school students can experience college-level work before they graduate. NCCC partners with area school districts to provide additional academic opportunities and college accessibility to those serious about attending college. By participating in CAP, students earn college credit while in high school and get a jump-start on their college career.
CAP benefits include:
- Save money by reducing future college costs (through earning college credit while still in high school).
- Show college admissions officers the seriousness of junior and senior year in high school.
- Become accustomed to the rigor of college coursework.
- Can graduate from college earlier by taking college courses in your high school.
- Lighten the first- or second-semester course load in college and relieve some pressure and stress in the first year.
- Have the time to take more electives in college, earn a double major, do a special work internship, or spend a semester traveling abroad by starting early in high school.
- Take college courses in the comfort of your high school.
- THE DISCOUNTED COST PER CREDIT FOR EARNING COLLEGE CREDITS WHILE AT YOUR HIGH SCHOOL FOR 2020-2021 IS $79.00.
Principal, Lockport High School
“The relationship between secondary and post-secondary education is imperative to helping our students determine the next phase of their lives.”
“Big Dreams, Small Step”
Chancellor Malatras Announces New SUNY for All Program “Big Dreams, Small Step” to Close College Equity Gaps for High School Seniors
While colleges and universities across the nation are seeing declines in applications amongst high school seniors hit hardest by the pandemic, State University of New York Chancellor Jim Malatras announced today a new SUNY for All program—Big Dreams, Small Step—to close the college equity gap by implementing a comprehensive outreach campaign to high school students who could benefit the most from a college degree.
Before the pandemic, a student from a low-income household had only a 10 percent chance of earning a college degree, while students from higher income households had a 50 percent chance. In addition, according to the National Student Clearinghouse, declines in first-time enrollment decreased 13 percent year over year for the fall 2020 with the steepest declines amongst blacks (18.7 percent), Hispanic (19.9 percent), and Native American (23.2 percent) students. This is a cause of concern that more students from economically disadvantaged households will continue to be at a disadvantage without a college degree.