College Now 

A DVC & MDUSD Collaboration 

The College Now program gives students an opportunity to achieve both high school and college academic success, to explore and pursue career aspirations, and to prepare themselves for future college experiences in a supportive, academically-challenging environment, on a college campus.  College Now serves students whose needs are not being met by the comprehensive high school. If you are looking for the College Now Application Materials and Contact, visit the MDUSD program page. 

Program Structure

Students take both high school and college courses each semester. The high school courses satisfy high school graduation requirements and adhere to the California State Standards and MDUSD approved curriculum. Students take English, Social Studies, and AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) courses from MDUSD instructors.  AVID is a course designed to guide students in the development of strong academic habits and study skills that will aid them in their college level courses. These high school level courses are taught by MDUSD instructors on DVC's campus. 

College Now students also complete 2-4 college classes per term. These courses are chosen with the guidance of both the MDUSD counselor and the DVC counselor to ensure students are meeting high school graduation requirements and A-G requirements, while at the same time taking courses aligned with their educational goals.

Academic and career advising is a major component of the program. MDUSD instructors and counselors, working closely with DVC staff members, help students adjust to a college environment and outline career and educational plans.  DVC offers a variety of services – all available to College Now students.  Additionally, College Now students are encouraged and supported in becoming more involved in DVC extra-curricular activities.

 Year High School Schedule (Mornings) College Schedule (Afternoons)

Seniors

English

Economics & Government 

AVID

Fall: SOCIO-135: Intro to Race & Ethnicity 

Spring : COMM-120: Public Speaking 

*Additional courses are subject to approval

Juniors

History

English

AVID

Fall: MUSIC 117: History of Rock & R&B, DVC MATH course

Spring : PSYCH-101: Intro to Psychology

*Additional courses are subject to approval

Eligibility 

Prospective students for College Now (CN) must be:

  • Residents of Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD). CN is designed to serve students from across MDUSD.
  • Students who apply to CN must exhibit a high level of maturity and motivation, and be eager for a rigorous academic experience.
  • Applicants to CN must also have a history of satisfactory attendance and behavior to qualify for the program, be on track for graduation, and should have completed at least 110 credits by the end of the 10th grade. 

There is a capacity of 60 students: 30 juniors and 30 seniors. Equal representation from each comprehensive high school and alternative programs will be a consideration for qualified applicants.

Application 

Visit the MDUSD webpage for application materials, contact information, and more at: https://www.mdusd.org/collegenow.