Getting High School Students on The Fast Track to a Good Career

The landscape of higher education is changing, and there is a need to reach students earlier to spark an interest in pursuing higher education and exploring career pathways.


Beaver County’s three colleges and universities — the Community College of Beaver County (CCBC), Geneva College and Penn State Beaver — all offer programs to high school students to help them get on the fast track.

At Geneva, the Early College program offers discounted online and on-campus courses to high school students, allowing them to get a jumpstart on their college career and save money in the long run. Penn State Beaver offers high school dual enrollment, allowing high school students to take college courses on campus at a discounted rate.

The High School Academies at CCBC are partnerships with high schools that aim to create career vision in 11th and 12th grade students while providing them the opportunity to earn up to half of the credits required for an associate degree before they graduate high school. The program is aligned with workforce preparedness and is geared to informing students and parents of well-paying job options. Many of the options require only specialized training or associate degrees in process technology and other areas.


The Aviation Academy at CCBC began in 2015. Through it, students experience firsthand aspects of aviation such as professional piloting, air traffic control, aerospace management and unmanned aerial vehicles, all career pathways that are in demand today and are projected to be in demand in the future. CCBC also offers a Health Academy, STEM Academy and Criminal Justice Academy and is also developing a Construction Academy for launch shortly.

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