At CCM we offer several distinct programs for high school students to get an early start on their future:
- The Challenger Program provides students with the opportunity to take college courses on the CCM campus.
- Dual Enrollment, also known as Titan Express, allows high school students to take college-level classes at their high school.
- Performing Arts Initiative, offered through the Challenger Program, is designed for aspiring performers.
- Share Time Programs, offered in conjunction with the Morris County Vocational School District, provide students with college-level programs in the Culinary Arts and Hospitality, Cybersecurity and Information Protection (CIP), and Engineering Design and Advanced Manufacturing (EDAM)
- State-Issued High School Diploma allows students to earn a state endorsed high school diploma by completing college courses.
Each program allows students to earn college credits that can be used towards an associate degree program at CCM.
Those who plan to attend another New Jersey college or university should refer to the state transfer website, www.njtransfer.org, to determine what courses can be applied toward a degree.
“As an EDAM alumni’s proud parent, I can confirm that the program is simply, “Great!” It was an incredible experience throughout my daughter’s junior and senior years of high school. The professors and staff have always been kind, understanding and encouraging to their students. I am so grateful that she got to a point where she feels comfortable with taking college-level courses . . . and was able to complete her associate degree through the Challenger Program. Our daughter is confident in her work now and I couldn’t be happier seeing the transformation and pride in “Woman in Engineering.” She has found a real passion for STEM after involvement with the EDAM program, participation in HUNCH and the Challenger program, and found that it allowed her to stand out in a crowd. Two years of her journey motivated her to work harder, which was enjoyable to experience!”
The Challenger Program
The Challenger Program allows high school students to earn credits toward a degree and experience college first hand as they take courses on the CCM campus. Information on how to enroll as a Challenger can be found here/.
Titan Express is a dual enrollment program that provides students with college-level courses that are taught at their high school at a reduced rate. The courses, which also fulfill high school requirements, are taught by high school teachers who work with CCM professors to meet college-level standards. The program currently is offered at Hanover Park Regional High School, Mt. Olive High School and Randolph High School. Other high schools interested in establishing a dual enrollment program with CCM, should contact the Office of Student Development and Enrollment Management at 973-328-5171 or firstname.lastname@example.org/.
As part of the Challenger Program, high school students who aspire to be performers can study music, dance and drama at CCM. More information on the program can be found here.
Share Time Programs
Share time programs, offered through the Morris County Vocational School, provide students with the opportunity to spend part of their school day at CCM taking college classes in specific program areas. Programs are offered in the following areas.
Culinary Arts and Hospitality
The Culinary Arts and Hospitality Program is designed for students with an interest in the hospitality industry and the preparation, cooking and presentation of food. Students learn through college-level work and hands-on activities. The courses provide a solid foundation of knowledge for the restaurant and culinary industries, along with a good understanding of management principles. These studies can lead to careers in such diverse fields as hotels, restaurants, cruise ships, amusement parks, destination marketing, convention centers, country clubs, travel, tourism, event planning and other related industries that practice hospitality principles on a regular basis.
For additional information, call the Morris County Vocational School District at 973-627-4600 ext. 277.
Cybersecurity and Information Protection (CIP)
Students in the CIP program take college courses that focus on the technical skills and knowledge required to work in cybersecurity in both the public and private sectors. Through this program, students earn 39 college credits and the Comptia A+ certification. Program coursework covers such areas as information technology, computer science, information security, network security, software engineering, introduction to Unix, Visual Basic and ethical hacking and system defense.
CIP students have multiple pathways after completing the two-year program. They can attend CCM for an additional year and earn an Associate Degree in Information Technology after which they can go directly into the workforce or transfer to a four-year program.
For additional information, call the Morris County Vocational School District at 973-627-4600 ext.277.
Engineering Design and Advanced Manufacturing (EDAM)
The EDAM program allows eligible high school students to earn certificates in Mechanical Computer Aided Drafting and Engineering Technology, along with 32 college credits towards the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Mechanical Engineering Technology degree. Students may then enroll in CCM’s AAS in Mechanical Engineering Technology program for one additional year to earn their associate degree or at a four-year college or university, or pursue workforce placement.
Students in the program also get to participate in the High School Students United with NASA to Create Hardware (HUNCH) program for the International Space Station. CCM was the first college to partner with NASA HUNCH. Projects the CCM students have worked on as part of HUNCH include creating parts for storage lockers and a system for keeping storage bags away from vents for the International Space Station.
For more information, call the Morris County Vocational School District at 973-627-4600, ext. 277.
EDAM was truly a life-changing experience for me. High school was one of my biggest struggles; from not being challenged enough to not fitting in with the other kids, I felt out of place and unwelcomed. EDAM was the spark to my fire, and I’m proud to call it my second home. It brought me so many opportunities and encouraged me to explore math and science as more than simply school subjects. I found more passion and drive in STEM through the program which pushed me to strive for that associate degree. When I was accepted into Carnegie Mellon, I knew it wasn’t because of my GPA or my grades; it was because of my drive, my fire, my ambition which was fueled by the EDAM program. Without this amazing two-year experience, I would not be where I am now, and I would be more lost than ever.
The State-Issued High School Diploma allows students to earn a state-endorsed high school diploma by completing 30 college credits at CCM. More information about the program can be found here/.