About Tech Prep

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT TECH PREP

Tech Prep is dedicated to helping students get connected to clear, meaningful educational pathways which lead to successful career opportunties. Students can earn college credit on the high school campus for courses taken that prepare them for a career in a vocational or technical field. Information from this website can help you get a jump start on your future!

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What is College Tech Prep?
The College Tech Prep/Dual Credit program in Whatcom County is part of a nationwide effort to help high school students identify careers that interest them, and then start building career skills while still in high school. The completion of a College Tech Prep program can result in preparation for entry level employment or provide an opportunity to pursue a certificate or associate degree from any Washington State community or technical college, or further advanced education at a 4-year college or university. Participation in the program will assist students in developing an individual plan that matches their interests, abilities, and educational goals.

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Partnership Agreements
Dual credit programs in Whatcom County are sponsored by a partnership of local High Schools, Bellingham Technical College, Whatcom Community College plus representatives of local business and industry. The partnership organization is called the Whatcom Tech Prep Consortium. The Consortium sponsors a variety of programs designed to support a student's transition from high school to postsecondary education or workplace opportunities.

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Who Can Participate?
Dual Credit programs enable qualified students to get a jump start on their postsecondary education. College Tech Prep pathway programs link the high school career and technical education curriculum with community or technical college education through a sequence of courses designed to provide the necessary skill and training for various professional-technical occupations.

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Where are Classes Taught?
Tech Prep courses are taught in local high schools by qualified high school instructors. High school and college instructors have determined that certain vocational or technical high school classes meet the entry level course requirements of comparable college courses. Any high school student may take a Tech Prep course, but only those who fulfill course and registration requirements will qualify to earn "dual credits." Dual credit means you will earn high school and college credit at the same time. Taking a Tech Prep course does not affect the high school transcript. Click here to view the current list of Programs and Articulation Courses offered.

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Earn College Credits in High School!
Dual Credit articulation agreements are developed between the high school and college instructors. The agreements establish the requirements for completing the course at the college level. College credit can be granted to high school students who achieve the competency standard established for the particular course/program. Students who earn a grade of 'B' or better in a College Tech Prep course and meet all other articulation requirements may apply for college credits. All you pay is a one-time application fee of $25 to the selected college -- no matter how many College Tech Prep courses you complete. Students earning college credits will receive a transcript from the college indicating the college course(s) taken, credits earned and grade received.

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Why Take College Tech Prep Classes?

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It's This Easy

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How to Register for Tech Prep College Credit

MAIL Registration Form and $25 fee to: (Make check payable to WC-Tech Prep)
Whatcom Tech Prep Consortium
3028 Lindbergh Ave.
Bellingham, WA 98225


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