Start College Now

Start College Now

Dual Credit Start College Now

If you're a high school junior or senior in good academic standing, you can earn credit toward a high school diploma as well as a technical college degree. Start College Now is only available during the fall and spring semesters. You must apply by March 1 for the fall semester or by October 1 for the spring semester, and all Start College Now requests must have prior approval from your guidance department.

Student Specific Responsibilities:

  1. Complete 10th grade and be in good academic standing. (Program is available to 11th and 12th grade students).
  2. Complete the application for the Start College Now Program found here: 
    Start College Now Application
  3. Submit the completed form (including student/parent/guardian signatures) no later than March 1 for fall semester courses and October 1 for spring semester courses to high school board of district in which the student resides. This is typically done by submitting the form to a high school counselor.
  4. If the student disagrees with the school board's decision regarding comparability of courses or satisfaction of high school graduation requirements, the student may appeal the school board's decision to the state superintendent within 30 days after the decision.
  5. Transportation to and/or from the technical college is the student’s responsibility.
  6. Reference Subchapter 38.12 (14) for eligibility requirements prior to filling out the application.

Your child could save thousands of dollars in college tuition by earning an MATC degree and transferring the credits to a four-year college or university. We have program-specific transfer agreements with many private colleges and universities and the University of Wisconsin System. Another smart option is MATC’s General Studies Transfer Certificate which allows for roughly a year’s worth of General Studies credits to seamlessly apply toward a bachelor’s degree. 

Want to help your child make the best choices for success and happiness in their future? Use the discussion tips below as a guide.

How can you be an engaged parent?

  • Take interest in your child’s hobbies and education.
  • Visit MATC and other college campuses.
  • Talk with current students or recent MATC or other college graduates.
  • Have your child job shadow a friend or relative to see what they do for a day.
  • Occasionally revisit the student’s interests.
  • Encourage volunteer opportunities.
  • Remember to focus on what your child wants to do. Treat them as an individual.
  • Have a conversation about careers and college. Children in their teen years often want to enjoy independence. Parents who give their children room to discover who they are — on their own terms — increase the likelihood for success.


Do you know what you want to study?

Do you desire large or small classes and campuses? Why?

Do you envision working with your hands or more with people?

Are you drawn more to learning through books and lectures or through hands-on practical experience?

Have you had the opportunity to visit both two- and four-year colleges to see what they’re like?

What financial resources do you have access to?


Why would I want to burden them with the worries of college coursework? My son/daughter should enjoy high school now.

  • College and career ready are huge buzz words. Allowing student opportunities to experience college rigor early helps prepare them to be “ready.”
  • Exploration in high school is safe and inexpensive. Students have college course options that can help them develop their future career plan.
  • If your son/daughter has already completed their graduation requirements, college coursework is a natural next step.

How is college coursework different from high school coursework?

  • Motivation, responsibility, initiative and follow through are required to be successful.
  • The content and expectations are ramped up. Students should be prepared to spend an extra 6 hours per week studying for these college level courses.
  • The course may be taught by a Technical College certified High School Instructor or an MATC faculty. Regardless who teaches, the course competencies are elevated and the student is expected to seek assistance. 

What are some indicators that my child is ready for college coursework?

  • Understands the increased expectations of college coursework.
  • Self-motivated, responsible, seeks challenges and is in good standing in high school.
  • Demonstration of success in Advanced Placement coursework or other high level coursework.
  • Has a defined interest in the content specific material of the course.

Who pays for the course?

  • In most cases the high school and/ or MATC cover the cost of the tuition, books and resources.
  • When students fail or drop course offerings, parents/guardians may be required to reimburse the high school district to cover the expenditures related to the course depending upon the course option pursued.

Who will my son/daughter be in class with?

  • Depending upon the course option chosen, students may be in course work at the high school with their peers or they may be at an MATC location with adult learners.
  • In some cases, MATC Instructors may not know that they have a high school student in their class.

How do we register for the courses?

  • Course registration is handled through your high school, Youth Apprenticeship Coordinator and MATC. One of these contacts will guide you through this process. 

 As a parent, how can I be informed of my son/daughter’s progression in coursework?

  • Reviewing the course syllabus with your child is the best means to determine progress.
  • In cases where the course is taught by high school instructors, parents can communicate with them.
  • When the course is taught by MATC faculty, students are treated equally and student performance can be shared with the student and parent, with a signed release.

How is this coursework recognized at the high school and at other academic institutions?

  • In some cases these credit options will be recognized as dual credit, awarding credit in both high school and college.
  • These credits will be recognized at MATC if you meet the grade requirements determined.
  • If you choose to attend outside of MATC, you will need to request that your MATC transcript be evaluated for credit at the college you plan to attend. It is up to the receiving institution how they take in credits.

What are grades based upon?

  • Grades are awarded based upon college level scales, which define student expectations.
  • The grade that students earn becomes a permanent part of the transcript. If grades are not passing, parent/guardians may be required to repay the sponsoring school district, depending upon the course option pursued. Also, some course options require a grade of “B” or higher.

Who is my contact person to initiate this process?

  • Your High School Counselor is the best person to answer questions or connect with the appropriate resources
  1. Collaborate with the technical college in which the student is enrolled, at least 30 days before the beginning of the technical college semester to ensure comparable course and graduation requirements.
  2. Confirm the technical college application due date, and submit the board approved application to them, DO NOT send to the state office.
  3. Submit payment to the technical college, in two installments payable upon initial enrollment and at the end of the semester, for those courses taken for high school credit. The amount charged should be equal to the cost of tuition, course fees, and books for a student who is attending the technical college and is a resident of this state.
  4. Engage in ongoing communication and support with the student enrolled in the technical college.
  5. Coordinate with the technical college’s career prep coordinator.
    WTCS District Career Prep Coordinators List
Select from any of the career pathway options below. Please note that some classes should be taken in sequence (* for pre-req oe suggested prior coursework). Note that some courses run in fall or spring semesters ONLY.

Graphic Design
GRDS 107 Raster Graphics: Adobe Photoshop* (take before GRDS 103 or 115)
GRDS 122 Vector Graphics: Adobe Illustrator* (take before GRDS 103 or 115)
GRDS 103 Elements and Principles of Design
GRDS 115 Typography

Hospitality Management/Event Management
HOTEL 110 Front Office Management (Fall semseter offering only)
HOTEL 122 Bais Hospitality Accounting (Spring semseter offering only )
HOTEL 135 Professional Service & Development
MEET 151 Intro to Tourism
HOTEL 105 Hospitality Sales & Marketing
HOTEL 127 Meeting Fundamentals
HOTEL 124 Managerial Accounting 

DIETNT 106 Food Service Sanitation
DIETNT 108 Food Service Management
DIETNT 118 Food Service Management: Practicum
DIETNT 151 Nutrition for Dietetics

Health Service Management
HEALTH 101 Medical Terminology
HEALTH 104 Culture of Healthcare
HEALTH 107 Digital Literacy for Healthcare
HSM 140 Health Unit Coordinator Procedures 1
HSM 141 Health Unit Coordinator Procedures 2
HSM 142 Health Unit Coordinator Clinical