High School Students

High School Student: Concurrent Credit

With UA Rich Mountain’s concurrent credit program, high school students who meet the program requirements can earn college credit while in high school. This program is designed for students in grades 9-12. Students work with Rich Mountain admissions staff and their counselor to apply for admission into the program. Concurrent enrollment program is the enrollment of a high school student in post-secondary education to receive high school credit and college-level credit for classes.

While course offerings vary at each high school, some of the courses offered include English Composition I & II, Oral Communications, US History, Chemistry, College Algebra, Trigonometry, and Calculus.

UA Rich Mountain also offers several general education courses online which high school students are eligible to take as long as the requirements for admission into the college and those for the specific courses are met. The student should continue to work with the high school counselor.

Concurrent credit students do not qualify to receive federal financial aid. However, UA Rich Mountain offers concurrent credit courses to area high school students at a significantly reduced rate. The cost for the classes will vary however; typically a three credit hour class offered within the high school will cost $99 for the concurrent student. UA Rich Mountain also offers a scholarship for concurrent credit students.

Concurrent credit general education classes offered within the classroom will transfer to any college/university in the state of Arkansas. The only time this would not be true is if the student enters an honors program at a college or plans to attend a private college/university. You can visit the Arkansas Course Transfer System to find out the transferability of a course at http://acts.adhe.edu/studenttransfer.aspx.

Dual Credit

Some courses offered by UA Rich Mountain qualify for Dual Credit from area high schools.  Dual credit is for students taking courses outside the school hours and at the discretion of the student.  These courses are for college credit and may transfer.  As per public school policy, these course credits MAY be used for high school credit toward graduation.  Students should contact their local school district for guidance on which courses qualify at the district.  There is no reduction in tuition for students taking dual credit courses.

Career Center

UA Rich Mountain site of the DeQueen-Mena Educational Cooperative Technical Education Center provides participating high school students with alternative programs of study that help provide training to enable the students to enter the workforce with marketable skills. Career Center classes are an extension of the area high schools' curriculum and are an option for all eligible students. Courses taken at the UA Rich Mountain Career Center count for credit at the student's local participating high school. Area schools which currently participate in the Career Center program are:

  • Acorn High School
  • Mena High School
  • Oden High School
  • Cossatot River High School
  • Waldron High School

Current programs of study offered through the UA Rich Mountain Career Center are:

  • Welding - Students are introduced to basic welding skills and techniques. The students will learn job-oriented welding in a fun and engaging environment.
  • Machine Tool Technology - Students learn the skills necessary to enter the workforce as machine operators and machinists.
  • Medical Professions Education - Students learn about the professions in the medical field and receive training for becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant.
  • Radio & Television Broadcasting - Students learn all the aspects of radio and television production, including producing a weekly local news program.

For further information contact:

Craig Jumper
Career Center Coordinator
(479) 394-7622 ext. 1357

Requirements for classes at UA Rich Mountain

Step 1: Complete your online Admissions Application (link to online app.)

Step 2:  Submit a copy of your high school transcript.

Contact your high school counselor to submit a copy of your high school transcript to UA Rich Mountain.

Step 3: Provide proof of measles, mumps, rubella(MMR) immunizations. Immunization requirements may be waived for students only taking classes for personal enrichment. If foreign born, students must provide proof of current negative tuberculosis (TB skin test) test.

Step 4: Submit placement test scores (ACT, SAT, ASSET or ACCUPLACER). A 19 in the subsets of English, Reading, and Math is required for a student to qualify for concurrent credit classes.  UA Rich Mountain does offer FREE placement testing as part of the admission process for students. Contact your high school counselor to get more information.