The DUO Program

The DUO Program is an early college program that was created through a collaborative partnership between McHenry County College (MCC) and Harvard Community Unit School District 50. The program provides academically-motivated students enrolled in District 50 an opportunity to earn a high school diploma and Associate of Arts degree simultaneously. During student's final two years of high school, students will take a combination of Dual Credit courses offered through District 50 at Harvard High School, and MCC courses offered at the McHenry County College campus.

Student Application Process

The ideal candidate for the DUO Program is a student who has consistently demonstrated a strong commitment to their academics. In order to qualify for some of the coursework, students may need to take placement tests in English and Math. Due to the nature of those placement tests, it is recommended that students be enrolled in Algebra 2, or show a strong proficiency in Geometry, during their sophomore year. If you have questions about whether or not this is a good fit, students and families are encouraged to meet with their high school counselor.

The DUO Program process: Please be sure to fill out all of the following forms. If all forms are not completed, the application will be considered incomplete. The application window will be open from course selection until winter break for the current sophomore class.

  • Step 1: Learn about the program during course selection - If you are interested, express your interest to your counselor.

  • Click here to watch the Fall 2024 DUO promo video

  • Step 2: Application Process - A completed application would include the following documents. All must be submitted for your application to be considered complete.

    • Click here for the Student Application - Applications due February 5th, 2023.

    • Student Essay Questions

    • Student Recommendation Process

  • Step 3: Counselors and Administrators review applications

  • Step 4: Notification of who was accepted into the program

  • Step 5: Orientation for the Dual Degree participants and families