KCC Prep’s rigorous programs are designed to provide multiple pathways to success after high school. No matter what your future holds, KCC Prep has just the right academic programs to provide a competitive advantage over your peers. Our NAF academy of IT provides pathways to career, while our College Prep Track prepares students for a life time of scholarly learning.
KCC Prep’s NAF Academy of Information Technology has two pathways providing hands-on, work-based experiences. Each program requires a capstone project, paid internships, and the development of a digital portfolio. Our KCC Scholars earn NAFtrack Certification and have the opportunity to graduate with IT industry certifications. At KCC Prep, we balance academic, social-emotional, and overall well-being with fun activities, community outreach, and issues of social justice.
KCC Prep NAF Academy of Information Technology
NAF is a national network of education, business, and community leaders who work together to ensure high school students are college, career, and future ready.
NAF’s educational design ignites students’ passion for learning and gives businesses the opportunity to shape America’s future workforce by transforming the learning environment to include STEM infused industry-specific curricula and work-based learning experiences, including internships.
Since 1982, NAF has been partnering with high-need communities to improve outcomes for students by implementing NAF academies – small learning communities within existing high schools.
NAF has grown from one NAF Academy of Finance in New York City to hundreds of academies across the country focusing on growing industries including: finance, hospitality & tourism, information technology, engineering, and health sciences. During the 2018-19 school year, over 100,000 students attended 617 NAF academies across 35 states, including DC and the US Virgin Islands. In 2018, NAF academies reported 99% of seniors graduated with 87% of graduates planning to go to college.
The Academy of Information Technology curriculum covers computer networking, systems, database design, digital video production, graphic design, web design, and programming.
Digital Media Technology
This program offers a sequence of courses that provides coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical skills and knowledge to prepare for further education in technical digital media positions in the Information Technology Career field. Scholars will gain technical skill proficiency and competency based applied learning that contributes to the academic knowledge, higher order reasoning and problem-solving skills, work attitudes, general employability skills, technical skills, and occupation-specific skills.
The content includes but is not limited to the practical experience in the implementation, management, and maintenance of advanced telecommunication environments associated with the creation, packaging, and delivery of digital media.
Office Administrative Assistant
This program offers a sequence of courses that provides coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical skills and knowledge to prepare for further education and careers in the Business Management and Administration career fields. The program provides technical skill proficiency, and includes competency based applied learning that contributes to the academic knowledge, higher-order reasoning and problem-solving skills, work attitudes, general employability skills, technical skills, and occupation-specific skills, and knowledge of all aspects of Business Management and Administration.
The content includes but is not limited to the use of technology to develop communication skills, higher level thinking skills, and decision-making skills. Additional content includes: the performance of office procedure tasks; the production of quality work in an efficient manner using advanced features of business software applications; research of job opportunities; and the production of high-quality employment portfolios and job-seeking documents.
NAFTrack Certification is achieved through an online system designed to assess college and career readiness and was created by education and business leaders. NAF uses a multi-method approach to assess students on a broad range of college and career readiness skills. Student performance is measured not only through end-of-course exams, but also through culminating projects and internships. Upon successful completion of NAFTrack Certification, students are eligible for NAFTrack Certified Hiring!
Advanced Placement Courses
High school students may receive credit for courses completed in the National High School Advanced Placement Program (AP), on the basis of College Board AP scores of three (3), four (4) and five (5) on any of the examinations in the program, with no letter grades or grade points assigned. The following guidelines apply to the AP Program:
A. Students will be required to take the College Board AP examinations at their respective high schools prior to graduation from the high school.
B. The College will specify the course(s) for which the credit was awarded.
C. College Board AP credit that duplicates CLEP credit will not be awarded or accepted in transfer.
D. Students will not receive advanced placement credit for courses taken as regular college courses.
AP Spanish Lit
The AP Spanish Literature and Culture course uses a thematic approach to introduce students to representative texts (short stories, novels, poetry, and essays) from Peninsular Spanish, Latin American, and United States Hispanic literature. Students continue to develop proficiencies across the full range of the modes of communication (interpersonal, presentational, and interpretive), honing their critical reading and analytical writing skills. Literature is examined within the context of its time and place, as students reflect on the many voices and cultures present in the required readings. The course also includes a strong focus on cultural connections and comparisons, including exploration of various media (e.g., art, film, articles, and literary criticism).
AP English Lit
The AP English Literature and Composition course aligns to an introductory college-level literary analysis course. The course engages students in the close reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature to deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure. As they read, students consider a work’s structure, style, and themes, as well as its use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone. Writing assignments include expository, analytical, and argumentative essays that require students to analyze and interpret literary works.
AP World History
AP World History is designed to be the equivalent of a two-semester introductory college or university world history course. In AP World History students investigate significant events, individuals, developments, and processes in six historical periods from approximately 8000 B.C.E. to the present. Students develop and use the same skills, practices, and methods employed by historians: analyzing primary and secondary sources; making historical comparisons; utilizing reasoning about contextualization, causation, and continuity and change over time; and developing historical arguments. The course provides five themes that students explore throughout the course in order to make connections among historical developments in different times and places: interaction between humans and the environment; development and interaction of cultures; state building, expansion, and conflict; creation, expansion, and interaction of economic systems; and development and transformation of social structures.
Dual Enrolled High School Students can earn college credit by attending college-level courses taught by HCC instructors at an HCC campus before, during, or after high school and during the summer, or at an identified high school during the regular class day. Credits for the courses satisfactorily completed will apply toward both the high school diploma and toward an associate or baccalaureate degree. Students in this program are not required to pay the application fee when applying for the dual enrollment program or upon subsequent enrollment at the College. Dual Enrollment students are exempt from the payment of registration, matriculation, and laboratory fees. Program Website
Early admission is a form of Dual Enrollment. Students are admitted through the early admission option of dual enrollment when they register at HCC as a full-time student (12 or more credits) during their senior year of high school. Credits for the courses completed satisfactorily at HCC will apply toward the high school diploma and toward an associate or baccalaureate degree. Application fees are
waived for students accepted through the early admission program. Tuition is waived for early admissions students for all courses taken through this program while they are still in high school. Program Website
Students in Honors Courses follow essentially the same curriculum, but should expect more in-depth study of content topics, increased rigor of some content topic or materials, and higher performance expectations.