Early College Program:

Early College Pathway at IVC

Irvine Valley College (IVC) is committed to creating fast-track educational opportunities for high school students interested in getting a head start on their college careers. An example is the Early College Pathway (ECP) at Beckman High School in the Tustin Unified School District.

The ECP is a partnership that allows academically qualified students to dual enroll in classes at Beckman High School and IVC. Since its founding in 2007, the program has flourished, with more than 300 participants and 160 completers. 

Upon completion of the program, students earn a high school diploma and an Intersegmental General Education Course (IGETC) Certification, which is 51 transferable credits to the UCs and CSUs.  Many students take additional elective courses to bring their unit total up to 60, allowing them to earn an AA degree from IVC.  Program completers participate in IVC commencement and many are accepted to four-year colleges, including UCs, CSUs, and colleges out of state.

The ability to earn nearly two years of transferable credit while still in high school saves students and their families thousands of dollars in tuition and valuable time that can be directed toward a career or graduate work.

The classes offered at the high school are IVC courses taught by IVC professors and are of identical rigor and content to courses taught at the main campus. The college provides counseling and assessment services for students.  Each student has an education plan that outlines the courses they will take at IVC. 

Students take a four-year sequence of college classes, two per semester, from 9th through 12th grade. Courses are held at Beckman High School for 9th through 11th graders.  Seniors take their classes at IVC. At both locations, classes are held in the morning, before first period, so students can easily transition to other high school classes and be involved in extracurricular activities, such as athletics and the arts. 

Professors from IVC are provided orientation to the high schools and staff development workshops on campus. IVC faculty and administrators have access to high school principals and vice principals to deal promptly with student/school issues and parental requests for information as they arise.  IVC's Office of Instruction is responsible for coordination of the ECP.

IVC and the Tustin Unified School District have found the ECP to be academically enriching and mutually beneficial to our shared student population. For more information about the process of applying to the Early College Pathway, contact the responsible administrator at Beckman High School. For other general inquiries about the pathway, you can contact Traci Fahimi, Dean of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Business Sciences, and Academic Programs, at (949) 451-5204.


Traci Fahimi

Dean, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Business Sciences, Academic Programs

T: 949-451-5204

Connie Frey​

Sr. Administrative Assistant

Social & Behavioral Sciences, Business Sciences, Academic Programs

T: 949-451-5717

Notice:  All K-12 students must complete a K-12 Special Admissions form to enroll in IVC classes each semester.  Routing of completed admissions paperwork will need to be coordinated with the participating high school administrator.​