With its college and career preparatory curriculum, NT@ZB works to prepare students for life after high school regardless of their plans. The project based learning environment works to deliver not only academic rigor, but also access to 21st Century skills as well. In addition, junior and senior students who pass a prerequisite exam have the ability to register for tuition-free dual-credit college coursework. In partnership with the College of Lake County, NT@ZB offers an opportunity for students to take coursework that will fulfill their high school graduation requirements as well as most collegiate general education requirements. Successful students have an opportunity to graduate with as many as 24 hours of college credit on their transcripts, allowing them to jump right into their select college coursework right out of high school. Students who choose to participate in dual credit summer offerings have earned 6 additional college credits, for a total of 30 credits or a whole year of college credit upon graduation from high school.