Project Challenge (Dual Credit)

Earn both high school and college credit in the high school setting.


Project Challenge classes, often called “Dual Credit,” allow you to earn both high school and college credits at the same time during the school day.  Qualified juniors and seniors can take these courses, which are typically taught by a high school teacher who has the credentials needed to teach a college-level course. Project Challenge classes have the same course syllabus, books, and rigor as the equivalent on-campus course.

Am I qualified to take college classes?

High schools students are more likely to experience success in college-level work if they meet these recommended academic guidelines:

  • Upper half of their high school class
  • GPA of 3.0 or better
  • ACT composite score of 20 or better
  • ACT sub-score of 20 or better in the subject area
  • Must have taken applicable prerequisite courses and meet prerequisite test scores in Math and English

How do I register?

As an Early Entry student, you must complete a special Application/Registration Form. Since you will need the signature of a parent or guardian, as well as that of a school official, this form must be used instead of the online registration regular college students use. The Application/Registration Forms are available through your high school guidance counselor, the Northeast Community College Admissions Office, or you can download here, 2011-2012 Early Entry Registration Packet (Summer 2012) or 2012-2013 Early Entry Registration Packet. Registrations for dual credit courses must be submitted by the first day of classes. Since many classes have limited enrollment, students are encouraged to enroll early. An early entry student who plans to attend Northeast Community College after high school graduation must submit an official Application for Admission.

What classes are available at my school?

More than 45 schools in NE Nebraska offer (Project Challenge) courses to their students, including offerings in English, Math, History, Social Sciences, Science, and the Arts—all highly transferable. See your high school guidance counselor for a complete list of options available at your high school.


  • Important Dates and Deadlines
  • Early Entry Application/Registration and Course Information (to earn college credit in high school)
  • Costs and Payment Options
  • Transfer Guidelines
  • Apply for Admission to Northeast Community College (to attend Northeast after HS graduation)