UMUC Announces Dual Credit Program with National Connections Academy

Program will expand educational opportunities for eligible high school seniors enrolled in the academy

By Kerry O'Neill ( |   April 16, 2010

ADELPHI, MD (April 16, 2010)—UMUC today announced the launch of a dual credit program with National Connections Academy (NaCA), an accredited private online school for students grades K–12 operated by Connections Academy, LLC. The program launches August of 2010. 

The agreement gives eligible NaCA students the opportunity to enroll in up to seven credits of first-year UMUC courses while pursuing a high school diploma. Students who successfully complete a UMUC course will earn both high school and college credit, which can then be applied to a diploma or degree program.

The dual credit program offers NaCA students more than 65 UMUC courses, ranging from core subjects like math, science and history, to a variety of electives, including criminal justice, world languages, sociology and computer science.

"As an institution committed to expanding educational opportunities in Maryland and around the world, we seek partnerships and programs that help make college courses and degrees more accessible to students,” said UMUC President Susan C. Aldridge. “Given that history and mission, we are especially pleased and proud to collaborate with National Connections Academy to offer this dual credit program for high school seniors to help prepare them early for future success."

"Our new dual credit program with UMUC is a valuable opportunity for NaCA high school seniors who are interested in accelerating their college experience.  At National Connections Academy, our high-quality program meets the needs of students who want a more flexible and personalized approach to education.  A like-minded partner, UMUC is a highly-regarded institution that delivers innovative and engaging courses. We are very pleased with this collaboration," said Steven Guttentag, NaCA’s Head of School.

In order to be eligible for admission to the program, a NaCA student must be a high school senior at least 16 years of age, have at least a 3.5 grade-point average and obtain written permission from an appropriate school official.