Options for High School Students

What is BOCES?

BOCES stands for the Board of Cooperative Educational Services. It began in 1991 as a joint venture between Casper College and the Natrona County School District. Since that time, it has evolved to support several beneficial programs in Natrona County.

Want to know more?

For more information about ACE, Powered by BOCES, see your high school guidance counselor or contact BOCES Manager Jeana Lam-Pickett at 307-268-3309.

Dual and Concurrent Enrollment Program

Dual Enrollment

What is it?

High school juniors and seniors may take any course offered at Casper College, as long as the student meets the course prerequisites. These courses will count for college credit and high school credit at the same time! In some cases, sophomores and freshmen are eligible as well. Students can take courses any time of the day or online.

Benefits of Dual Enrollment

Enhances curricular options, especially the senior year
Builds self-confidence
Provides a head start on college requirements
Eases the transition to a college environment

How do I sign up?

Just fill out an ACE registration form, obtain the necessary signatures, and submit it to the Casper College Enrollment Services Office before the class begins. Jeana Lam-Pickett, BOCES Manager, is happy to meet with any student for advising (268-3309, Gateway Building, room 318).

Concurrent Enrollment

What is it?

Concurrent Enrollment consists of courses that are scheduled and taught in the high school during the day. These courses are certified to be equivalent to the college level course, and therefore, students can choose to sign up for Casper College credit while taking these courses at their home high school.

How to I sign up?

During the first week of class, your high school instructor will distribute ACE registration forms. Complete the form, obtain the necessary signatures and return it back to your high school instructor by the deadline.

What classes can I take?

View a complete list of concurrent courses offered at each high school in Casper:
Kelly Walsh High School Concurrent Enrollment Courses List
Natrona County High School Concurrent Enrollment Courses List

How is this different from AP or IB courses?

Some Advanced Placement (AP) courses and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses are also concurrent enrollment courses, but not all of them. At the end of an AP or IB course, the student must take an AP or IB exam. If the student passes this exam, he/she can take the test scores to any college and be granted college credit. In contrast, for concurrent courses, students are given the final grade they earn for the course, and this is added to their official Casper College transcript. They can then transfer these credits to most college in the United States. Both AP/IB and concurrent enrollment courses are rigorous preparation for college level work.

How many courses will BOCES pay for?

Freshman: one course in the summer and one course in either the fall or spring semester of your freshman year.
Sophomore: one course in each semester: summer, fall and spring.
Junior: one course in the summer, two courses in the fall and two courses in the spring semester.
Senior: one course in the summer, two courses in the fall and two courses in the spring semester.
BOCES pays the tuition, fees, and books for these courses listed above. Students just pay for supplies.
BOCES NO LONGER PAYS tuition, fees or books for 900-level, private music studio, or physical education courses.
If a student wants to take more than the courses allowed in one semester, he or she can pay the additional tuition, fees and books.
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How Many Credits Can I Earn?

There is no limit to how many credits you can earn! Many students have completed their first year of college by the time they graduate high school. If you take just one class or several, the experience will ultimately help prepare you for your transition to college!