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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Why would I want to attend Workman Early College Academy Network?

The Workman Early College Academy Network (WECAN) offers high school students the opportunity to take college courses within and outside of their regular high school day in a challenging, yet supportive and motivating environment. All the Workman Early College Academy Network students are expected to take college courses and earn significant college credit toward their future goals with the possibility of earning an AA or completing the UC/CSU transfer requirements upon graduating a high school. 

Who can apply?

Students who are motivated, mature, disciplined, have good attendance, and demonstrate academic potential are ideal applicants.  Students must have a GPA above 2.5 for consideration.

How can I apply?

To apply to the Workman Early College Academy Network, you must submit a completed application by the indicated deadline. Applications for the next school year are usually available around December of the prior year.

Where can I get an application?

Applications are available online or at William Workman High School starting from December to mid-spring. You can also get a PDF copy of the application by emailing sarteaga@hlpusd.k12.ca.us.

Can I attend this school if I do not live in the HLPUSD attendance area?

Yes! If you live outside the boundaries of HLPUSD, context us at sarteaga@hlpusd.k12.ca.us for information about obtaining an interdistrict permit.

Can this school accommodate students with special needs?

Yes. All students at the Workman Early College Academy Network are mainstreamed in general education courses. Applicants will need to provide copies of their individualized educational plan (IEP) with their application.

I have submitted my application. Now what?

Workman Early College Academy Network will notify most students who have submitted applications after the Application Committee reviews them. This process typically takes 4-6 weeks after the application is submitted. Those who have been accepted may be required to formally accept the offer and complete additional paperwork for both the high school and college. Failure to respond to an acceptance offer by the date given will forfeit your acceptance and result in your space being offered to another student. Accepted students are required to attend a New Student Orientation during late Spring.

When are classes offered?

Most classes offered on our high school campus generally take place during the school day. Students may choose to take classes on Mt. SAC campuses through special admit. 

How much does it cost to attend?

There are no fees for tuition, books, or materials for high school students who enroll in dual enrollment courses at Workman Early College Academy Network. 

How much homework will I have?

For every 1 unit of a college course, WECAN students are expected to dedicate approximately 2 hours to studying weekly.

Will students be able to fulfill the University of California A-G requirements?

Yes. All graduates will have completed A-G requirements.

What is the difference between the Workman Early College Academy Network and other Early College Programs in surrounding districts?

Workman Early College Academy Network is housed inside a comprehensive high school where students can enjoy the full high school experience. Students can participate in sports and extracurricular activities as well as dances, and rallies

What is the difference between the Workman Early College Academy Network and dual enrollment at other high schools?

Workman Early College Academy Network allows students to enroll in college courses as early as the summer after ninth grade and complete more college courses in four years than other dual enrollment programs at other high schools. Workman Early College Academy Network students can expect to have the opportunity to complete up to 60 college credits through the program and earn AA degree or complete UC/CSU transfer requirements. 

Are Honors, Advanced Placement, or International Baccalaureate classes offered?

Yes. Workman Early College Academy Network students are also Workman High School students. They have full access to high school honors and Advanced Placement (AP) courses. Students will work with high school and Mt. SAC counselors to design their 4-year academic plan. 

What is the difference between the Workman Early College Academy Network and Advanced Placement?

The major difference between the Workman Early College Academy Network and Advanced Placement classes is that WECAN students will have a college transcript and will receive college credit as soon as they successfully complete a college class. In contrast, AP students must complete the course and score a minimum score on the national AP exam in that subject area to be considered for credit. The minimum AP exam score accepted for college credit varies by institution.

Why are students encouraged to earn up college credit through Workman Early College Academy Network?

There are some significant advantages to earning transferable college credit during high school.

  • Earning college credit or even a college degree at a young age can help inspire students to continue their college education and enhance their employment prospects.
  • Entering college with a significant number of college credits allows more flexibility and a higher likelihood of degree attainment within 4 years.
  • There is also a significant financial benefit to families, as all college credits earned through WECAN are free to students.

Is the Workman Early College Academy Network only for students who plan on attending Mt. SAC after high school?

No. Most Workman Early College Academy Network credits will transfer easily to 4-year public colleges and universities. High school counselors and college advisors can answer questions about specific courses and colleges.