Commonly Asked Questions
Does a high school class have to align, or connect in some way, with an approved CTE program in order to be articulated through Tech Prep?
Yes. The programs that we create articulation agreements for must link approved CTE high school courses to community and technical college professional/technical programs.
As a student, what do I have to do?
Students are required to complete both written and electronic admissions and registration processes for the selected articulated class(es) AND successfully document completion of required course competencies AND receive a grade of B or better in the articulated high school class.
As a teacher, what do I have to do?
Certified CTE teachers are required to provide a copy of the related course syllabus, provide instruction that meets objectives of the articulated class, maintain documentation of student’s successful course completion (commonly a file folder of student work and/or testing) and provide grading of students through the Tech Prep electronic Student Enrollment and Registration System (SERS).
Why Do I Want To Take A Tech Prep Class?
Tech Prep provides interested students with an academic plan that combines high school and college course work focusing on specialized career paths. By combining an articulation with Walla Walla Community College, high school students are able to receive academic and technical skills in specialized career areas that will enable them to save both time and money in attaining the training and educational degrees that they need for today's high skilled/high-wage careers.
How Many Tech Prep Credits Can I Earn?
The number of Tech Prep credits a student can earn in high school will vary from high school to high school. It will also depend on the career path that a student chooses. Students need to discuss the Tech Prep options in their school with counselors and teachers that offer Tech Prep classes.
Do Tech Prep Credits Save Me Money When I Go To College?
Yes, Tech Prep credits save students both money and time. Students earning Tech Prep classes in high school can reduce both tuition and book expenses. Students can also reduce the amount of time it takes to complete their training at WWCC.
Do all high school courses qualify for Tech Prep credit?
No, typically the introductory level courses linked to post-secondary career and technical certificate and degree programs are available for credit. High school courses required of all students for graduation and general academic courses do not qualify. Alternate programs (Running Start and College in the High School) do provide opportunity for dual credit related to general academic courses. Contact your school advisor for additional information.
Do Tech Prep credits cost me money?
Tech Prep typically does not charge for the dual credit provided. Some minimal costs (usually $10) may be charged by the participating school district to recover administrative/secretarial costs involved in processing required student paperwork. Related programs like Running Start and College in the High School typically involve costs. These costs may be unseen to the student due to payments provided by the school.
What if I decide to attend a college other than XXX – will college credit earned through Tech Prep transfer?
College credits are college credits, and they can transfer from one institute to another. But, like any program and any college, there is not a guarantee. Students who transfer from one college to another or to a university should contact the next institution, and find out what their procedures are for transferring credit. At many schools, a student meets with a dean or department official who reviews their transcript and can inform him or her of her credit transfer options.
Why should I take Tech Prep classes if I know I am going to a 4 year college/university?
In every career cluster, there are many related occupations that require different levels of training, experience, and degrees or certificates. In the world of work, a person may start in one position, and as they progress in their career, they may transfer their skills to other jobs within the same industry. If a student can acquire a broad set of skills in a career cluster, they will have the ability to be mobile in their careers, if they so choose. Also, Tech Prep credits are college credits, and if a person plans to go to a university, they can begin working towards that ultimate goal through a community and technical college.
How soon after finishing a Tech Prep class will I receive credit?
There is a difference between “receiving” or being awarded credit, and having that credit transcribed. Credit is awarded when a person successfully completes the Tech Prep course. Depending on the size and structure of the consortium, credit will be transcribed at different times during the year. Typically, a bigger consortium generates a transcript in the summer and official transcripts are not available until late August.