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First Step Option

Keep moving forward during your gap year.

Life happens. Plans change. Sometimes you just need a break—a chance to get some job experience, save up money, or even see the world. Get the time off you need while gaining a head start on your future goals. You can seamlessly transition from your gap year to becoming a full-time college student with the First Step Option program.

You’ll get all the benefits of attending—PCC’s caring and experienced faculty, affordable, high–quality academics, and a solid biblical worldview—with the freedom to learn wherever your gap year takes you. Your teachers and academic advisor will be with you every step to help you succeed. And when you’re ready to enroll for on–campus courses, you’ll enter the classroom experienced in college–level classes, ready to continue your journey.

Get started by filling out the interest form, and your admissions counselor will reach out to you. They’re here to assist you with everything from registering for classes to answering any questions you might have. Begin preparing for your future at your own pace today.

Get started with First Step Option!

Affordable online learning for your gap year

Experience more than just a break

by taking a gap year AND reaching your academic goals.

Create a flexible schedule

and successfully balance school and work.

Earn college credit from home

by taking up to 11 credits online,
for 2 consecutive semesters.

What You Need to Know


Register to secure your spot:

July 10–August 26

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Dates may be subject to change.


Get your online college classes for only $413.25/credit hour. Plus, you have the option of a 4-month payment plan.

To make the First Step Option more feasible for you, we’re waiving the usual online learning fee of $50 per semester.

See Your Savings


Choose from over 35 online courses in Bible, English, math, history, and science and get a head start earning your liberal arts credits.

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What’s Next

Are you ready to make your gap year the best it can be without putting off your future plans? Talk to an admissions counselor today to get started!

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Still have questions?

We’d love to hear from you!

Our offices are open Monday–Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. (CT).


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