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Consider getting a jump start on college by knocking out a general education credit or exploring a course in your desired field.

While in high school, you’ll be able to take classes for free and get your feet wet on what college courses are like. Remember, though, your grade is part of your college transcript, so choose wisely and apply yourself! We recommend working with your admissions advisor to pick out the right classes for you. 

Learn more about enrolling in ECAP.

AACC Courses at Arundel High School

While you can take any classes that you are eligible for at any of our locations, the pathway below offers some courses on location at Arundel High School!

Students who complete these courses will earn an AACC certificate in Business Management, Small Business Management, beginning the pathway to complete the Associate of Applied Science degree in business management. Ask your high school counselor for details. If you're interested in this option, check out the courses below to see what your schedule could look like.

Prior to spring – senior year

Proficiency credit opportunity

  • ESI-103 – Introduction to Entrepreneurship

Spring – junior year 

On-site at Arundel High School

  • BPA-111 – Introduction to Business
  • BPA-125 – Marketing Principles 

Fall – senior year

On-site at AACC in Arnold or online

  • BPA-120 – Small Business Management
  • BPA-162 – Business Communications

Spring – senior year

On-site at AACC in Arnold or online

Earn College Credit at CAT-North

Students attending the Center for Applied Technology – North (CAT-North) can earn college credits by enrolling in selected AACPS Career Technology Education (CTE) programs. You then just need to successfully complete your CAT – North program, and earn a C or better on the AACC college proficiency assessment(s).* Grades below C will not be reflected on your AACC college transcript. 

*The Childhood Development Associate (CDA) program requires a grade of "B" or better to earn proficiency credit.

More Opportunities at Arundel

You can earn proficiency credit by completing this CTE program at Arundel High School:

Early Childhood Education: Child Development Associate (CDA)

The Early Childhood Education/Child Care Services program follows the high school Child Development Associate (CDA) Program of the National Credentialing Program. The CDA is nationally transferable, most widely recognized, credible and valid credential in the Early Childhood Education field. Students may earn the CDA in center-based programs, family child care and home visitors. Students complete 120 clock hours of child development education and 480 hours of experience working directly with children in licensed facilities. In addition to industry certification, students can also earn college credit.

For more information, contact your high school counselor or email Melanie Coleman, Instructional Pathways and Partnerships, Secondary, at

Food and Beverage Management: ProStart

The ProStart program introduces high school students to a variety of careers within the restaurant, food service and hospitality industry. Students will study and practice professional food preparation, preparation of international cuisines, food safety and sanitation, customer service relations, accounting, cost control and marketing, and will receive an introduction to aspects of lodging management. Students will follow the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation industry standard curriculum with the potential to earn a ProStart and ServSafe certification.

For information, contact your high school counselor or email  Melanie Coleman, Instructional Pathways and Partnerships, Secondary, at


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On-site Advising

Arundel High School has an AACC College Transition Advisor onsite! Meet to discuss your career and education goals!

Carrie Ruffo-Miller
AACC College Transition Advisor
Arundel High School 

Entrepreneurs Scholarship

$12,000 Entrepreneurs Scholarship for students who want to start businesses.

Learn about this scholarship.