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Chrissie Nehrenberg, M.A. headshot
Director of Online Learning & Concurrent Enrollment
Phone: 970.773.0561
Office Location: Crawford Hall 111

Western’s Concurrent Enrollment (CE) program gives high school students an early start to their college careers for a reduced tuition rate. Students can enroll in courses at Western or at their school for college and high school credit.

Courses at Western

  • Available to 9th -12th grade students who are under 21 years of age.
  • Students must apply for the College Opportunity Fund (COF) stipend. COF pays $85/credit.
  • Courses are offered at the reduced tuition rate of $100/credit (after COF has been applied). Each school district determines the number courses for which students will pay tuition.
  • Students must meet course requirements and prerequisites for each course.
  • Students should meet with their high school counselor to determine eligibility and to select courses from Western’s course offerings.

At High Schools

  • Available to 9th -12th grade students at participating high schools.
  • Students must apply for the College Opportunity Fund (COF) stipend. COF pays $85/credit.
  • Tuition for our college-level courses is free (after COF has been applied). Tuition for remedial courses (English 099, Math 098 & 099) is $50/credit. COF doesn’t apply to remedial courses.
  • Courses are taught by high school teachers approved as Western adjunct faculty.
  • Students who successfully complete a CE course receive both high school and college credit.
  • Students should meet with their high school counselor to determine eligibility for CE courses offered at their high school. 

New CE Students

Step 1 - Meet with your high school guidance counselor.

They’ll help you:

  • Determine your eligibility for taking a specific course.
  • Schedule an Accuplacer if needed to meet course prerequisites.
  • Complete our CE application and registration form (State Assigned Student Identifier, date of birth and Social Security number required).

If you’re homeschooled, Chrissie Nehrenberg will serve as your Western contact and advisor for the registration process. 

Step 2 – Complete your registration form.

A finalized form must have:

  1. Your guidance counselor's signature
  2. Your guardian's signature
  3. A school district signature
  4. The course(s) you wish to enroll in for the semester. 

Once complete, return the form to your guidance counselor. They'll attach your high school transcript along with the required test scores needed to fulfill course prerequisites. All documents will be submitted to Western through your counselor. 

Step 3 - Prepare your application information

The application requires the following: 

  • Name (as stated on your school records)
  • Date of birth
  • Full address
  • Phone number(s)
  • Email address
  • Social Security number
  • State Assigned Student Identifier (SASID)
  • High School name
  • Application term
  • Emergency contact information
  • Gender, race and ethnicity

Step 4 - Set up your Western account.

Once your application has been processed by Western, you’ll receive a confirmation email at the address you provided. This email will give you instructions for setting up your MyWestern account. 

Your Western email address is the university’s official method of communication with you as a new Western student. Contact IT Services at 970.943.3333 for help with this step.

Step 5 - Confirm your enrollment.

Go to western.edu --> Current Students --> MyWestern --> enter login info --> Student & Financial Aid --> Registration.

Step 6 - Register for the College Opportunity Fund (COF).

The COF stipend pays $85 per credit for your tuition.  

  • Go to the COF website
  • Click “Apply Now” and complete the online application. You must have your correct Social Security number (SSN) and birth date to apply. If you don’t have a SSN, you can request an alternate C number to use during this application process. If you use a C number, please email it to Chrissie Nehrenberg so that we can use it to match up your accounts.
  • You only need to apply for your COF stipend once. If you completed this process in a prior semester, don’t repeat the process.
  • If you don’t correctly complete the COF application, you will be billed $85 per credit for each course you take this semester. If you have any trouble, ask your counselor for help or contact Chrissie Nehrenberg. 

Step 7 - Attend new student orientation.

New student orientation is the best way to learn about Western and the resources available to you. Concurrent enrollment students and parents are encouraged to attend. 

Returning CE Students

Step 1 - Meet with your high school guidance counselor.

They’ll help you:

  • Determine your eligibility for taking a specific course.
  • Schedule an Accuplacer if needed to meet course prerequisites.
  • Complete our CE application and registration form (State Assigned Student Identifier, date of birth and Social Security number required).

Step 2 - Complete your registration form.

A finalized form must have:

  1. Your guidance counselor's signature
  2. Your guardian's signature
  3. A school district signature
  4. The course(s) you wish to enroll in for the semester. 

Once complete, return the form to your guidance counselor. They'll attach your high school transcript along with the required test scores needed to fulfill course prerequisites. All documents will be submitted to Western through your counselor. 

Step 3 - Confirm your enrollment.

Go to western.edu --> Current Students --> MyWestern --> enter login info --> Student & Financial Aid --> Registration.

Western has over 30 high school adjunct faculty teaching Concurrent Enrollment courses all over the state. This program would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of our high school teachers.

We currently offer Concurrent Enrollment courses in English, History, Political Science, Art, Math, Exercise Science, Biology and Music. 

If you’re interested in teaching a Concurrent Enrollment course, you must either currently meet the minimum qualifications for adjunct faculty as determined by the Higher Learning Commission (the HLC). For most courses, that means you must:

  • Have a master's degree or higher in the discipline.

OR

  • ​Have a master's degree or higher in a discipline other than that in which you teach, PLUS 18 graduate credits in the discipline in which you teach.

​If you don’t meet either of these qualifications, we can still consider taking you on board if you’re committed to a professional development plan for earning the required credits.

If you’re interested in teaching with us, please take the following steps:

  1. Contact Chrissie Nehrenberg to express your interest and discuss your qualifications: cnehrenberg@western.edu or 970.943.2034
  2. Complete our Concurrent Enrollment online teacher application. You’ll need to include undergraduate and graduate transcripts in this application process.
  3. If you’re approved and your school decides to offer the new Western CE course, the next step is to attend a training with your new Western faculty mentor. There’s an intensive training period before and during the first semester in which you offer your CE course, and you will earn three 500-level graduate credits in Education for successfully completing this training.