High School Diploma Program General Information

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What is the High School Diploma (HSD) Program at Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC)?
The High School Diploma Program is designed for students, 16 years of age or older, who would like to earn their high school diploma while taking high school and/or college courses at MHCC. There is no maximum age limit for the diploma program.

Students take high school classes at MHCC, taught by high school teachers for $95.00 for each .5 credit course or they can take college courses and earn a significant number of college credits towards an associate degree as a dual credit student. Students taking college courses will pay regular college tuition. For current college tuition rates, visit http://www.mhcc.edu/tuition/

High school classes are offered each term and run in five week sessions. During fall, winter, and spring terms, classes meet from 5:10-8:30pm two days per week on Monday – Thursday. In the summer, classes meet from 9:00-12:20 &/or 1:10-4:30 two days per week on Monday – Thursday.

What Is Dual Credit? How Is Dual Credit Awarded?
Dual credit means that the student will receive high school credit and college credit for the same class. Only through specific college courses can the student earn dual credit. The breakdown of credit is:

1-2 college credits = .25 high school credit*
3-4 college credits = .50 high school credit
5-6 college credits = 1.0 high school credit

*PE classes at MHCC are 1.0 college credits and convert to .50 for high school credit value. HSD students may earn a maximum of 3.0 PE credits towards the diploma requirements.

For a list of dual credit courses please contact High School Services at 503-491-7421.

Are the Requirements for Earning a MHCC High School Diploma Different than the Requirements for Earning a Diploma Issued by the High Schools?
Every school district has a different set of requirements. What was required at the student’s district high school may be different than what is required at MHCC. Previous high school transcripts will be evaluated by program advisers to determine how your credits will transfer to MHCC’s requirements. Students in the HSD program are working towards 24-credit Oregon Diploma requirements that are determined by your 9th grade year.

What are the Requirements to Graduate?
Twenty-four credits (see following table as each 9th grade cohort has specific requirements for subject areas and Essential Skills) are required for graduation as well as demonstrating proficiency on the College Placement Test and/or the Essential Skills. Students will also be required to meet the Personalized Learning requirements through college and career readiness coursework. You will be required to fill out a graduation application one term prior to the term in which you plan to graduate, and your diploma will be issued approximately three weeks after you have finished all of your requirements. After all graduation requirements have been met, students will receive an Adult High School Diploma from Mt. Hood Community College.  MHCC holds a graduation ceremony mid-June each year to celebrate your accomplishments. Please plan to come back and celebrate with us!

What are the Current Graduation Requirements for the HSD Program?
HSD students are working towards completion of The Oregon Diploma requirements, listed below:

Credit Requirements by 9th Grade Cohort Year
Requirements for students first enrolled in 9th grade prior to the 2008-2009 school year: Requirements for students first enrolled in 9th grade during the 2008-2009 school year: Requirements for students first enrolled in 9th grade during the 2009-2010 school year: Requirements for students first enrolled in 9th grade during the 2010-2011 school year and in any subsequent school year:
English/LA – 4 credits English/LA – 4 credits English/LA – 4 credits English/LA – 4 credits
Math – 3 credits Math – 3 credits Math – 3 credits Math – 3 credits; content at Algebra I and above+
Science – 2 credits Science – 3 credits
Scientific inquiry and lab experiences++
Science – 3 credits
Scientific inquiry and lab experiences++
Science – 3 credits
Scientific inquiry and lab experiences++
Social Sciences – 3 credits Social Sciences – 3 credits Social Sciences – 3 credits Social Sciences – 3 credits
PE – 1 credit PE – 1 credit PE – 1 credit PE – 1 credit
Health – 1 credit Health – 1 credit Health – 1 credit Health – 1 credit
CTE/Arts/2nd Lang. – 1 credit CTE/Arts/2nd Lang.– 3 credits CTE/Arts/2nd Lang.– 3 credits CTE/Arts/2nd Lang.– 3 credits
Electives – 9 credits Electives – 6 credits Electives – 6 credits Electives – 6 credits
Total – 24 Credits Total – 24 Credits Total – 24 Credits Total – 24 Credits
+ Applied and integrated courses aligned to standards can meet credit requirements.
++ Lab experiences can take place outside of the school in field-based experiences. At least 2 of the 3 required credits must include lab experiences.


Personalized Learning Requirements*
Education Plan and Profile Students develop a plan and profile to guide their learning and document progress toward their personal, career, and post-high school goals.
Career-Related Learning Experiences Students participate in experiences that connect classroom learning with real life experiences in the workplace, community, and/or school relevant to their education plan.
Extended Application Students apply and extend their knowledge in new and complex situations related to the student’s personal and/or career interests and post-high school goals through critical thinking, problem solving, or inquiry in real world contexts.
Career-Related Learning Standards Students demonstrate knowledge and skills in personal management, problem solving, communication, teamwork, employment foundations and career development.

Essential Skills Requirements:
Depending on the year during which students first began 9th grade, HSD students are required to demonstrate proficiency in certain Essential Skills of Reading, Writing, and Applying Math before graduation. You can use previous records from your official high school transcript to help fulfill these requirements if you have already met the standards. Your HSD adviser will help you plan for any assessments or work samples needed to graduate.

College Placement Test:
Prior to joining the High School Diploma Program, students are required to take the College Placement Test (CPT) to assess skill level in Reading, Writing and Math. Students do not have to be “proficient” in order to join the program but scores can be used to meet some graduation requirements. Proficiency is based on placing in to Writing 115, Reading 115 and Math 60. The CPT is given in room 2335 and no appointment is necessary. Please plan to spend about an hour and a half testing. There is no cost to take the CPT. Photo ID is required to test. More information about the CPT: http://mhcc.edu/FutureStudents.aspx?id=622

CPT Testing Times & Location: Gresham Campus Testing Services - Room 2335
MONDAYS: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. THURSDAYS: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
WEDNESDAYS 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. FRIDAYS 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

What Grades Are Accepted?
The AHSD program will accept grades of A, B, C, D or P to document student completion of course content standards in both high school and college level courses. Grades of F, NP, W and Incomplete will not be accepted.

If I have been on an Individual Education Plan (IEP) at my High School, will I Still Receive the Same Services and Support at MHCC?
IEPs are not used in the same way at the college level, however, students should contact our Disability Services Office (DSO) to determine a student’s eligibility for accommodations. For additional information concerning services for students will disabilities or accommodation requests, contact the DSO at 503-491-6923 or 503-491-7670 TDD. The Disability Services Office is located in Student Services across from the Advising & Transfer Center on the second level of the college.  

What Kind of Support will help me be Successful in a College Setting?
Students should work closely with the High School Diploma staff, which will assist students with class selections, transcript evaluations, long term educational planning, transition planning and registration. Students will meet regularly with their adviser to ensure progress is being made towards academic goals. 

Students are also encouraged to use college resources such as the Advising and Transfer Center, the Learning Success Center, the Career Planning and Counseling Center, Disability Services Office, student activities, the library, computer labs and more.

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Online information about the High School Diploma Program and other High School Programs can be found at:  http://www.mhcc.edu/hsresources/ 

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