Learning Opportunities for High School Students

High school students seeking an early start on earning college credit have a number of opportunities at Helena College through Dual Credit courses, On Campus Experience, and Big Sky Pathways. College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and Advanced Placement (AP) credits are also accepted.

Dual Credit Courses

Helena College provides dual credit courses for high school students through interlocal agreements across the region with the following districts and high schools: Broadwater County, Drummond, Granite County, Helena School District, Jefferson County, and Three Forks. Dual credit allows students to enroll in courses at their high schools that satisfy diploma requirements and provide college credits applicable towards degree and certificate programs at Helena College University of Montana.

  • Dual credit courses are provided at a reduced cost for tuition and fees.
  • Earned credits are accepted by the high school and Helena College University of Montana.
  • Earned credits can be transferable to other colleges and universities.
  • Course availability varies by high school location.
  • Certain eligibility requirements apply, and students must satisfy all course prerequisites and placement requirements.

Students interested in dual credit courses should contact their high school counselors and the Registrar’s Office at Helena College University of Montana, 406-447-6910.

On Campus Experience

The On Campus Experience Program allows area high school students the opportunity to experience the college environment by taking classes at Helena College University of Montana. Eligible students can start working on a degree or certificate program offered by the college or earn transferable credits towards a four-year degree from the Montana University System.

  • Courses are open based upon seat availability one week prior to the beginning of each semester.
  • On Campus Experience courses are provided at a reduced cost for tuition and fees.
  • Students may register for up to seven credits per semester and must satisfy any course prerequisites or placement requirements.
  • Students must be 16 years of age, in their junior or senior year, and must provide proof of high school enrollment or participation in a home schooling program.
  • Students must submit a Dual Enrollment Application and Registration Form.

Students interested in participating in the On Campus Experience Program should contact Admissions and Records at 406-447-6910. Course registration opens one week prior to the beginning of each semester.

Career Pathways

Helena College Career Pathways 2 Student Success helps guide students toward their chosen academic and career goals by providing seamless transitions from high school to college and into the workforce. With a Strengthening Big Sky Pathways Grant, Helena College partners with area high schools to provide college credit for high school courses in Technical Math and Writing, as well as Business, Accounting, Welding, Computer-Aided Manufacturing, Health Science, and a variety of required general education courses. During the 2014-15 school year new pathways will be developed for Fire & Rescue, Legal Assisting, Information Technology, and Health Science.


Students should check with their high school counselor for approved classes or contact Admissions and Records at 406-447-6912.