Expanded Credit Options through UO & LCC

Take College Courses While Still Enrolled in High School


Overview of the 4J Expanded Options Program (UO and LCC)

4J students who are at least 16 years old or in grades 11 or 12 and have not received a high school diploma are given the opportunity to take college courses at school district expense while enrolled in high school. Payment for tuition, textbooks, equipment and materials are the responsibility of the school district. Eligible students can earn college credits provided they meet the following criteria:

  • Meet with their high school counselor and complete an educational learning plan.
  • Apply and must be accepted by the college they want to attend.
  • May enroll only in eligible college courses through the Expanded Options Program that are not offered at high school, and the courses must support their educational learning plan.
  • Students may attend college half or full-time but cannot have a full high school schedule while in the program.
  • Students must maintain satisfactory academic progress at both high school and college while in the program.
  • Students who do not attend or pass the college courses they have signed up for will be dropped from the program.
  • Students must provide their own transportation.
  • Foreign exchange students under cultural exchange program are ineligible to participate.

Expanded Options: Duck Link (U of O)

A program through the University of Oregon for juniors and seniors who have taken the highest level course offered in a subject area at the high school level. Eligible students receive regular UO credit, which can be applied to their high school graduation requirements.

The UO pays the tuition (instruction fee) for all approved Duck Link students, up to a maximum of 8 credits per quarter. Students or their parents are responsible for the cost of fees (beyond the instruction fee) that all Community Education students pay. Students with demonstrated financial need may have their fees paid by the district. Students and/or their parents are responsible for the purchase of course books and materials.

Expanded Options: College Now (LCC)

College Now is a Lane Community College program. Students who successfully complete instruction in approved College Now courses at the high school will be awarded Lane credits in addition to the credits they earn toward graduation from North. Courses at North that also provide College Now credits are listed on the LCC web site: www.lanecc.edu. There are two types of College Now credits:

  • Lower-division academic transfer courses can satisfy University courses.
  • Career technical courses grant credit for an associate’s degree or certification program.


The career technical courses that are part of College Now seek to meet the needs of high school students by eliminating duplication of learning, shortening length of time in Lane programs, and providing guidance and encouragement for students to pursue careers in professional technical areas.

Participating in College Now is free and most credits will also transfer to other colleges.