Youth Options

Would you like to begin working on a college degree - or even complete one - while you're still enrolled in high school?

High school students in good academic standing and who have no record of significant disciplinary problems may have the opportunity to take college courses at their local technical college. If your local school board determines a college course is eligible for high school credit and it is not comparable to any course offered by the school district, the school district will pay for the course. Once you graduate from high school, you can transfer your Youth Options credits to any of the Wisconsin Technical Colleges.

If you're an interested sophomore, junior, or senior, meet with your high school guidance counselor to discuss your career plans and the Youth Options program. Work with your high school counselor to see if you are eligible and to begin the application process. Also, talk with your local technical college Youth Options contact to discuss appropriate courses. The deadline for applying to your school district is March 1 for the fall semester and October 1 for the spring semester. Courses that meet the requirements can be taken at any time throughout the week, during the regular academic school year.

Your school district will make its determination regarding eligibility and notify you of the decision. For more information, contact Ann Westrich at ann.westrich@wtcsystem.edu or call 608-261-4588.

You may also check out the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction website on Youth Options.

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