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Early College Degree Program (formerly Middle College)

Early College Degree Program (formerly Middle College)

What is the Early College Degree Program?

The Early College Degree Program (ECDP) is a full-time dual enrollment opportunity designed for college-ready high school students. ECDP students spend their junior and senior years at Hagerstown Community College (HCC), enrolled in at least 12 college credits each semester. Students in the ECDP are often able to complete the requirements for an associate degree by the time that they graduate from high school.

Participation in the Early College Degree Program replaces the students’ high school day. ECDP students report to the HCC campus each day, check-in for attendance, and complete other activities required by the program staff.

Students pursuing degree completion should apply for the program during their sophomore year of high school.

Participation Requirements

  • Washington County Public Schools (WCPS) students must meet the college and career readiness standards set by the state of Maryland.
  • Non-WCPS students must be 16 years old and have a 2.5 high school GPA to be eligible.

The following programs of study have additional requirements due to rigor and course sequencing: Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Cybersecurity, Engineering Science, Environmental Studies, Mathematics, Physics

  • 3.75 high school GPA
  • Completion of Algebra ll
  • Completion of high school Chemistry

Cost of Participation

  • Washington County Public Schools (WCPS) students do not pay tuition, fee, or book costs for classes (up to 60 credits per student). This applies to all semesters while a student is enrolled at WCPS.
  • Non-WCPS students receive a 25% discount on tuition costs, which are based on residency.