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High School Programs

Start your college career in high school

Jefferson's EDGE program, concurrent enrollment with your high school, is the smartest way to start your degree.  College credit in high school, no travel needed and low cost.

EDGE benefits

  • Jefferson classes taught by your high school teachers in your high school
  • Transfer credit to your next college, or come to Jefferson to earn a degree sooner
  • Low cost tuition - EDGE students pay 1/3 the cost of normal tuition
  • Prepare for your college - learn the style and expectations
  • Jumpstart your college degree by having general education classes completed before  you get there
  • Quality - Jefferson's program is NACEP accredited
  • EDGE courses are taught by your high school teachers who meet the same requirements and undergo the same application and approval process as adjunct instructors who teach on campus
  • EDGE courses are college, not “college-level,” courses
  • You are a college students; the text books, rigor of assignments, and grading policies are the same as those used on campus for the identical course

Students with a concurrent enrollment experience are more likely to

  • Consider college
  • Start college sooner after high school graduation
  • Earn a higher GPA and stay in college during their first year
  • Persist in their second year of college
  • Earn a degree sooner
  • Complete both undergraduate and graduate degree

Benefits of concurrent enrollment programs to our partner schools

  • Positive impact to high school retention and graduation rates
  • Enhanced rigor of the high school curricula
  • Means of demonstrating quality to multiple internal and external audiences
  • Discipline specific professional development for teachers
  • Better cross-sector understanding of student preparation and needs
  • Re-enforced college-going culture among students
  • Means of demonstrating community service as CEP participants experience anticipatory socialization, academic momentum, academic integration, better college persistence (the “nest egg effect”), accelerated degree progression, and better attainment of both undergraduate and graduate degrees 

Schools that have participated in EDGE include

  • Alexandria Bay
  • Altmar-Parish-Williamstown
  • Belleville Henderson
  • Beaver River
  • BOCES Watertown
  • BOCES Glenfield
  • BOCES Mexico
  • Carthage
  • Copenhagen
  • Faith Fellowship
  • General Brown
  • Harrisville
  • Immaculate Heart
  • Indian River
  • LaFargeville
  • Lowville
  • Lyme
  • Pulaski
  • Sackets Harbor
  • Sandy Creek
  • South Jefferson
  • South Lewis
  • St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES
  • Thousand Islands
  • Watertown

EDGE contact

John Trumbell
Continuing Education Coordinator – EDGE Program
(315) 786-2309

Mission Statement

EDGE is a multifaceted collaboration bridging high schools and Jefferson Community College via a concurrent enrollment program offering integrated, accessible, and rigorous college courses to qualified high school students.

Vision Statement

EDGE will be the first choice of high schools wishing to provide qualified students with an opportunity to better their lives through an exceptional concurrent collegiate experience that assures access, quality, and transferability and that creates an ideal foundation from which to pursue their higher education goals.