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Yellow Jacket Connection Dual Credit Program

If you are a qualified high school student, you can start working on your West Virginia State University degree while you are still in high school with our YJC dual credit program. If that idea excites you, you are the type of person we designed this program to serve. It may sound too good to be true, but there really are courses that satisfy requirements for earning both your high school diploma and your college degree, taught in your high school, during the regular school day, by qualified high school teachers and adjunct professors.

West Virginia State University is pleased to announce our YJC tuition has been lowered from $84 to $25 per credit hour. Our goal in adopting this new policy is, not only to boost Yellow Jacket Connection at WVSU, but also to place college credit well within reach of high school students, who will be provided the opportunity to enroll in more than one class simultaneously. 

West Virginia State University is excited to announce the WVSU Loyalty Program, a unique opportunity to students participating in the YJC program. Here is how it works. While in high school students must be enrolled in the YJC program taking a minimum of six college credit hours at WVSU during their junior and senior years. Upon graduating from high school and enrolling at WVSU as a first-time full-time freshman, tuition will be frozen, at the rate of the year they enter WVSU, for four years regardless of future tuition increases! Check the link below for more information.

YJC students can view our catalog online, 2017-18-Catalog. The catalog lists course descriptions as well as course prerequisites of the university. WVSU is a member of NACEP (National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships) and is applying for accreditation in the upcoming academic year. Please check the box below for more information about how WVSU is meeting NACEP's standards.
image-up-arrowimage-down-arrow1 + 3 Program
Representatives of Boone, Kanawha, and Putnam County Schools signed a memorandum of understanding with West Virginia State University allowing high school students in their counties to get a jump start on college education.

Through the 1 + 3 program, students can complete their first 30 hours of college credit while still in high school, and then finish their degrees at WVSU over the next three years.

The 1 + 3 program is for students seeking bachelor’s degrees in art, biology, business administration, chemistry and elementary education. 
How to Apply:
  1. Complete the registration form which is available in your high school guidance office.
  2. Please complete all information including required signatures and courses desired to take for Yellow Jacket Connection (YJC) in high school.
  3. Submit your completed registration form to your high school counselor for counselor information and signature.
  4. The course instructor will receive a finalized roster with the students' WVSU A number (Student Identification Number) and instructions to log into MyState. MyState access allows the student to check their WVSU email, make online payments, view financial balances, and view unofficial transcripts.
Registration Information:
  1. Registration forms are available at your high school guidance office.
  2. Fall registration takes place May-August. Spring registration takes place October-December.
  3. Students are registered into the university course(s) for which they have selected and meet the proper pre-requisites. Pre-requisites are listed in the University Catalog (2016-2017 catalog).
  4. Students are held to the same enrollment, withdrawal, and grading policies as for all university students enrolled on campus. The Student Handbook can be found here.
  5. Students have two weeks from the first day of school in their county to add/drop courses each semester. After this date, students will not be able to drop courses. The student will be responsible for the registration fee and will receive a grade on their permanent transcript. 
Benefits to Students
  • By receiving college credit students have a leg up when starting at their institution of choice because they have already had experience in a college environment.
  • Classes transfer throughout the state and the country.
  • Students have the opportunity to graduate sooner because they have general classes out of the way.
  • Opportunities afforded to traditional students at WVSU are available to YJC students such as full access to the library that allows them access to our databases online.
  • Earning power increases with a college degree.
Benefits to Parents
  • Parents save money through YJC classes offered to high school students compared to regular college students because the classes cost less than classes offered on campus.
  • By earning credits before college, students have a greater chance of graduating earlier which allows the parents or student to pay less for a college degree.
image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowCourse Offerings Available to High Schools
Course Offerings Available to High Schools
  • American Music a Panorama
  • Art
  • Art Appreciation
  • Astronomy
  • Beginning Spanish
  • Business Information Skills
  • College Algebra               
  • Elementary Spanish       
  • English Composition I
  • English Composition II
  • Environmental Biology
  • Fitness for Living  
  • Foundations of Education
  • Healthy Living
  • History of the Holocaust
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Introduction to Computers and Their Apps
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Introduction to Literature
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Music Appreciation        
  • Mythology and Folklore
  • Speech Communication
  • Studio 1 Introduction to Art        
  • The Art of the Theatre
  • US History
  • World History
 For a list of all courses that count as dual credit, please click here.
image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowInstructor Resources
Upcoming Events
  • Professional Development Training will be held at a date to be determined in McGhee Suites in the University Union on WVSU campus. This is a mandatory training for all instructors wishing to teach in the 2016-2017 academic year. Dinner will be provided followed by department-specific training with on-campus faculty. Please RSVP to Megan at
  • Fall 2017 Part-Time Faculty Orientation will be held at a date to be determined. Please plan to attend if you are new to the YJC program. Orientation is a required event for instructors in the Yellow Jacket Connection program.

Are you interested in teaching a YJC Course?

If so, the process is fairly simple. You will submit your transcripts and resume to WVSU’s Director of Academic Educational Outreach, Mr. Nathan Gainer ( The Department Chair will then review your submission to determine if you meet WVSU qualifications. Yellow Jacket Connection instructors are held to the same standards as instructors applying to teach on-campus, in accordance with Title 133 Procedural Rule of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission. WVSU follows the guidelines for the offering of YJC courses for high school students found in Series 19. To view this policy, please click here.

As a YJC instructor, you are considered part-time faculty at WVSU. This means you are able to access University resources such as library databases with your WVSU email login information. As a part-time faculty member, you are also required to attend an initial orientation once you have been appointed part-time faculty status. You are also required yearly professional development training. Both orientation and training will be held on-campus at WVSU. If for any reason you are unable to attend one, please inform the Office of Academic Educational Outreach. We will try to create an equal opportunity in another format or allow you to Skype in. Non-compliance with these two events will result in revocation of part-time faculty status for the academic year.
Instructor Resources
YJC Faculty Handbook

YJC Student Handbook
image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowCurrent West Virginia State University Early Enrollment High School Partners
Current West Virginia State University YJC High School Partners
  • Boone County Career and Technical Center
  • Buffalo High School
  • Capital High School
  • George Washington High School
  • Herbert Hoover High School
  • Hurricane High School
  • Nitro High School
  • Poca High School
  • Ravenswood High School
  • Riverside High School
  • Scott High School
  • Sherman high School
  • Sissonville High School
  • South Charleston High School
  • St. Albans High School
  • Teays Valley Christian School
  • Upward Bound
  • Winfield High School
If you do not see your high school listed, please check back. We are expanding our reach throughout West Virginia to neighboring counties. 

If you want to speak to someone from WVSU, please contact James Taylor (304) 766-3145 or email at

West Virginia State University, in accordance with Title 133 Procedural Rule of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, follows the guidelines for the offering of YJC courses for high school students found in Series 19. To view this policy, please click here.

Our Team

James Taylor
Director of Academic Educational Outreach
(304) 766-3145
“Enrolling in college classes as a senior in high school was one of the smartest decisions I’ve ever made. Taking those classes allowed me to get a “feel” for college level work and how my life outside the classroom would change as well. Unlike high school, college classes require an added amount of time to study and review beyond what I could learn during class hours. I had to actually make time outside of class to study the material presented in class. Now as a college freshman, I am very thankful I took advantage of the opportunity placed before me as a high school student. It has made my freshman year a lot easier to navigate and I can lead and assist many of my classmates that did not have the same chance I did.”  -  KaShawna Forté

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