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Dual Enrollment at NCCC - FREE

The Niagara Falls City School District will partner with Niagara County Community College this fall to offer junior and senior high school students an opportunity to earn college credit through the U.S. Department of Education’s PELL Grant Dual Enrollment Program. This is an exciting new venture designed to provide college credit in the areas of Baking and Pastry Arts AAS, Culinary Arts AAS, and Hospitality Management AAS. 

The concept of the program is fairly simple. PELL Grant eligible students will be allowed to earn up to 12 college credits through NCCC. Students will attend their core classes in the morning at NFHS, and participate in college classes at The Culinary Arts Institute in downtown Niagara Falls in the afternoon. Students will attend college classes alongside NCCC students in a professional environment designed to prepare them for college and the real world of work.

There is no cost to PELL Grant eligible students, and transportation will be provided.

Students who are dually enrolled will have access to NCCC student support services as well;  such as Career Exploration and Career Coaching, Academic Tutoring, High School to College Transition Support, Financial Literacy Training, Financial Aid Support, Case Management Services, and Academic Advisement.

Starting this academic year, and for the next three years, 60 Niagara Falls High Seniors will be selected to take a minimum of 12 college credits each through Niagara County Community College, thanks to a pilot program made possible by the U.S. Education Department. The program allows students to access PELL Grants to pay college tuition while still in high school.

 NCCC is one of just six SUNY campuses the U.S. Education Department has selected for the trial run, and the only one in Western New York.

Students will take their required high school courses at Niagara Falls High School, and then take college credit-bearing course at the Culinary Institute. The credits they earn are transferable to other institutions.

Students can be awarded up to $2,800 a year to study Hospitality and Tourism, Baking and Pastry Arts and Culinary.

Enrolled seniors will receive student support services, including career exploration, coaching and academic tutoring.

Eligibility is based on household income of the student's family.  

The students must also have an 85% average or the recommendations from one of the school’s administrators.

An informational meeting for students and their families will be held at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, located at 28 Old Falls Street, on Tuesday, August 2nd at 6:00 p.m.

You can contact Marc Daul at

Learn more about this exciting new opportunity!