Concurrent Student

Earn college credit at Trinidad State while in high school through Concurrent Enrollment!

What is Concurrent Enrollment?

Trinidad State offers Concurrent Enrollment courses. Concurrent Enrollment programs are designed for high school students looking for a challenge that also provides college credit.

The TSJC Concurrent Enrollment program:

  • Lowers the cost of college by providing college credit at low or no cost to the student
  • Prepares students for a seamless transfer to college by providing the experience of being a college student

TSJC offers Concurrent Enrollment courses with most of the high schools in Trinidad State's large service area. High schools work with TSJC through a contract agreement to provide Concurrent Enrollment opportunities in southern Colorado.

Concurrent Enrollment varies throughout the service area. Some high schools offer Concurrent Enrollment classes on the high school campus, some support students attending college classes on Trinidad State’s campus, and some offer courses through TSJC Online. Check with your high school to learn more about the opportunities offered through your school district.

Either way, all Concurrent Enrollment courses offered through TSJC for credit are taught by qualified instructors.

College Credit

Concurrent Enrollment students earn college credit through TSJC while participating in the program. Credits earned through TSJC Concurrent Enrollment are recorded on a TSJC transcript.

Will these courses transfer to a four year school?

With all degree programs, transfer credit is granted by the college that accepts the credit, not the college where the credit was earned. The receiving college can change policies, so it is recommended to check with the college where you would like to earn your final degree. At a minimum, the credit earned through TSJC will transfer to all 13 of the Colorado Community Colleges.

Guaranteed Transfer Pathways, Guided Degree Pathways, Degrees within Reach, Transfer guides and Transfer agreements may also be pursued through Concurrent Enrollment. The Colorado Department of Higher Education provides additional information related to transfer credit. Go to: http://highered.colorado.gov/academics/transfers/students.html for more information.

What about articulated credit?

Articulated credit comes from specific agreements between Trinidad State and your high school or from Trinidad State and a four-year college. These agreements allow you to complete a class at your high-school and transfer that credit to TSJC if you decide to take classes as an TSJC student. For more information related to articulated credit opportunities available with your high school speak with your counselor or a TSJC Advisor.

How does the concurrent enrollment at Trinidad State compare to other college-credit programs?

AP (Advanced Placement), IB (International Baccalaureate), and other options allow you to earn college credit while still in high school. All of these programs are good ways for you to get the college credit you want and the rigor you demand. TSJC concurrent enrollment is unique in that:

  • You earn credit immediately on successful completion of the course
  • No exit exam or post-course testing is needed
  • Credit appears on your TSJC transcript just as if you had taken the course at an TSJC Campus
  • Credit can apply directly towards a degree

Get Started

STEP 1: Complete the TSJC application

Apply to TSJC. You must apply to Trinidad State Junior College in order to earn college credit.

Some information you will need in order to complete you application is:

  • Your Social Security Number
  • Your parent's or guardian's driver license number and date of issue
  • The date of issue of your parent's or guardian's vehicle license plate
  • The month and year your parent or guardian began living in Colorado

You must check YES in the COF box (College Opportunity Fund) in the final section of your TSJC application. If you do not check YES, you may complete the COF application separately.

The College Opportunity Fund (funded by the State of Colorado) provides a portion of tuition for the first 145 credits earned towards a bachelor's degree. If you do not apply for COF, TSJC will bill you or your parent for the portion that would have been paid for by the COF.

STEP 2: Satisfy testing requirements

Testing is important so you can decide if you are ready for college-level work. Some classes require prerequisite test scores be met. Check with the TSJC Testing Center or your high school counselor for information about these courses and testing sessions at your high school. You may also submit qualifying ACT or SAT scores to meet this requirement.

STEP 3: Complete the Concurrent Enrollment Agreement & Registration Form

You MUST complete this form in order to be enrolled in the course for college credit. This form is required by the State of Colorado for all students concurrently enrolled. This form will be given to you by your teacher or counselor and requires student and parent signatures. Incomplete or late forms will not be accepted. Check with your counselor for deadlines.

Leaving a Course
  • Drop – A drop may be processed prior to completion of 15% of the course. No record of the course will be recorded on the student’s TSJC transcript and there will be no charges to the student’s account.
  • Withdraw – A student may withdraw after the first 15% of the course and before 80% of the course is complete. A W is recorded on their transcript, but does not factor into the GPA calculation. The student’s account is charged for the course.
  • A student may not withdraw from a course after 80% of the course has been completed. A final grade will be recorded on the student’s TSJC transcript.
Student Services/Academic Support

All TSJC Concurrent Enrollment Students have access to academic and related support at TSJC.

Concurrent Enrollment students have access to resources on campus and online! Academic Advisors, tutoring and activities are available. Many of the support and related resources are outlined in the TSJC student handbook.

Students with documented disabilities may request appropriate accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. For more information, talk with a TSJC Advisor.

Students must meet the Grade Point Average expectations of their high school and the guidelines established through Trinidad State’s Satisfactory Academic Progress procedure. The Satisfactory Academic Progress Procedure applies to all students who have completed nine (9) or more credits in residence while attending a Colorado Community College System college.

  1. During the student’s first eight (8) credit hours of enrollment, TSJC will monitor satisfactory progress through the Academic Alert process.
  2. A student is considered in “Good Standing” when the student’s cumulative GPA is at least 2.0 or greater for all courses completed at TSJC.
  3. A student is placed on Probation (initial) when the student’s cumulative GPA is less than 2.0 for all courses completed at TSJC.
  4. A student is considered on Probation (continuing) when the student’s cumulative GPA remains less than 2.0 for all courses completed at TSJC and the student’s last term GPA is 2.0 or greater.
  5. A student is placed on Suspension (initial) when his/her cumulative GPA is less than 2.0 for all classes completed at the College and the last term GPA is also below 2.0. A student placed on Suspension (initial) is not permitted to register at TSJC or any CCCS college for the next term after the term of suspension (excluding summer term)unless a suspension appeal is approved. A student may appeal for unusual or mitigating circumstances by meeting with an academic advisor and submitting an academic plan to the Vice President of Student Affairs for approval. A student who is approved to register for classes will remain on probation (continuing) and must complete the semester with a semester GPA of 2.0 to continue enrollment. Initial Suspension is for one term.

TSJC and the school district shall provide an orientation meeting for students and their parents prior to Concurrent Enrollment entry. This orientation is to ensure that all parties understand the Concurrent Enrollment program and are aware of the program policies and procedures.

Concurrent Enrollment students are provided due process outlined in the Trinidad State Junior College Student Handbook.

FERPA

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. FERPA rights are afforded to the students at the time of admission. These rights include:

1. The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days of the day Trinidad State Junior College receives a request for access. A student should submit to the Trinidad State Junior College, a written request that identifies the record(s) the student wishes to inspect. The Trinidad State Junior College will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the Trinidad State Junior College, they shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.

2. The right to request the amendment of the student's education records that the student believes is inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights. A student who wishes to ask the Trinidad State Junior College to amend a record should write the Trinidad State Junior College official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record the student wants changed, and specify why it should be changed. If the College decides not to amend the record as requested, the College will notify the student in writing of the decision and the student’s right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.

3. The right to provide written consent before Trinidad State Junior College discloses personally identifiable information from the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. One exception which permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to College officials with legitimate educational interests. A College official is a person employed by the College in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research or support staff position (including law enforcement personnel and health staff); a person or company with whom the College has contracted as its agent to provide a service instead of using College employees or officials (such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent); a person serving on the College board; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. Trinidad State Junior College has designated the National Student Clearinghouse as a College official. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibilities for the College. Upon request, the College discloses education records, without a student’s consent, to officials of another school, in which a student seeks or intends to enroll, or after enrollment.

The college may share educational records to parents in the following circumstances: for a student who is dependent under I.R.S. tax code; a student under 21 years old who has violated a law or the schools rules or policies governing alcohol or substance abuse; and when the information is needed to protect the health and safety of the student or other individuals in an emergency

The Colorado Community College System considers the following to be directory information and Trinidad State Junior College staff may disclose this information, without prior consent, to anyone inquiring in person, by phone, or in writing: Student name; Birth year; Major field of study; Dates of student attendance; Degrees/certificates and awards student has earned; Most recent educational institution attended by the student; the College issued student e-mail account; enrollment status (full time, part time, etc.), Participation in fully recognized activities and sports; and if participating in an officially recognized activity or sport, height and weight.

Additionally, address, phone number, and e-mail addresses of the students may be released to military recruiters upon request in accordance with the Solomon Amendment. All other information contained in student records is considered private and not open to the public without student’s written consent. Students who do not want their directory/public information released to third parties or students who do not want to be listed in the College online e-Directory should complete a form to suppress directory information available online or at Trinidad State Junior College. This form should be submitted to the Student Services on either campus by census date.

4. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the College to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is: Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue
SW Washington, DC 20202-4605

FERPA Release: Records at TSJC are considered confidential. Records will be released to faculty and professional staff for authorized College related purposes. Student academic records are released only with written consent by the student or under specific guidelines set out in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. Transcripts may be withheld because of outstanding financial obligations to TSJC.

Currently enrolled students may withhold disclosure of directory information by notifying the Vice-President of Student Affairs or Dean of Students, in writing by census date, that he/she does not want the directory information released for that period of time. TSJC will honor the request, and all or any portion of the information that the student requests to be withheld will be confidential. TSJC assumes that unless a student specifically requests directory information be withheld, he/she is approving the directory information for disclosure. The FERPA release form is available on the TSJC website or in the Student Services Office on each campus.

Parent Information

Concurrent enrollment gives your child a head start on a college education. Concurrent enrollment is intended for students seeking to earn college credit while still in high school in a challenging academic environment. This program will:

  • Lower the cost of college
  • Increase their academic options
  • Prepare them for a seamless transfer into college
  • Allow access to college coursework

College courses are offered during the school day and are taught by TSJC-qualified high school instructors.

Your son or daughter will earn college credit for the TSJC classes they complete with a C or better. If your son or daughter is not earning a C or higher, it is their responsibility to drop or withdraw from the course.

Your son or daughter will be able to choose from a variety of courses including both academic and career and technical education. Course locations and times are determined by student demand and the availability of faculty. Encourage your student to talk to their high school counselor for more information.

View the Concurrent Enrollment Handbook.

For more information related to Concurrent Enrollment, please contact your high school counselor or:

Bernadine DeGarbo

Admissions Specialist
Trinidad Campus


(719) 846-5621
Email
Mathilda Westerman

Admissions Specialist
Valley Campus


(719) 589-7024
Email