About Tech Prep

PATHWAY PROGRAMS AND ARTICULATED COURSES

Information Updated May 2008
Each Whatcom County high school offers a variety of College Tech Prep courses. Course offerings are dependent on the schools Career and Technical Education program opportunities and instructors who have been willing to work with the college faculty to design an articulated course. All courses/programs are not available in all schools. College Tech Prep programs and individual courses have been articulated for students who attend any Whatcom County consortium high schools. Our Consortium has established articulation agreements with Bellingham Technical College (BTC), Whatcom Community College (WCC), Skagit Valley College (SVC), Bates Technical College (Bates TC), Clover Park Technical College (CPTC), and Green River Community College (GRCC).

Articulations are developed in a variety of program areas which are linked to five broad Career Pathways:

Arts and Communication

Web Design and Development - a pathway program for students interested in preparing for a future career in multi-media and interactive technologies. Multimedia involves working with text, graphics, animation, sound and video to create applications for digital delivery. The following courses have been articulated with BTC and SVC:

Course Number Course Title College Credits
MIT 149 Creating Web Pages SVC 5 credits
CIS 145 Website Development BTC 5 credits
CS 120 HTML Fundamentals WCC 5 Credits

Video Production - a pathway program for students interested in preparing for a future career in corporate, government or private media centers, broadcast television, internet and stage production facilities. The following courses have been articulated with Bates TC and Clover Park TC:

Course Number Course Title College Credits
PTECH 103 Production Process Theory Bates TC 3 credits
PTECH 107 Production Process I Bates TC 4.5 credits
MDP 140 Digital Video & Audio Production CPTC 4 credits
MDP 190 Cameras & Lighting CPTC 4 credits


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Business and Marketing

Business and Marketing - a pathway program for students interested in the real world marketplace of ideas, products and people. Strong communication and interpersonal skills will serve students well as they consider career opportunities in the business, marketing and management fields. The following courses have been articulated with BTC and WCC:

Course Number Course Title College Credits
OFFAD 100 Beginning Keyboarding WCC 2 credits
OFFAD 104 Keybording for Speed & Accuracy WCC 2 credits
CAP 105 Computerized Touch Keyboarding BTC 2 credits
BIS 121 Word Processing I WCC 3 credits
BIS 101 Introduction to Business Computing WCC 3 credits
CAP 106 Formatting with MS Word BTC 4 credits
CAP 138 MS Word BTC 5 credits
BIS 141 Spreadsheets I WCC 3 credits
CAP 142 MS Excel BTC 5 credits
BIS 161 Database Management I WCC 3 credits
CAP 146 MS Access BTC 5 credits
CAP 148 MS PowerPoint BTC 3 credits
BIS 181 Introduction to Presentation Software WCC 3 credits
ACCT 141 Financial Accounting I BTC 5 credits
ACCT 242 Financial Accounting II BTC 5 credits
OFFAD 108 Accounting for Payroll WCC 5 credits
OFFAD 110 Accounting for AP, AR and Inventory WCC 5 credits
BUSAD 100 Business Math WCC 5 credits
BUS 150 Mathematics for Business BTC 5 credits
OFFAD 106 Using an Electronic Desk Calculator WCC 2 credits
BUS 100 Electronic Math Applications BTC 3 credits
BUSAD 108 Principles of Marketing -- currently inactive WCC 5 credits
CAP 101/CAP 199 Introduction to Computers BTC 5 credits
CIS 100 Computer Literacy WCC 3 credits

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Health, Education and Human Services

Culinary Arts - a pathway program for students interested in preparing for a future career in the food service industry, hospitality, bakery production, restaurants or supermarkets. The following courses have been articulated with BTC:

Course Number Course Title College Credits
CUL 110 Sanitation (ServSafe) BTC 3 credits
CUL112 Introduction to the Hospitality Industry BTC 3 credits


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Careers in Education - a pathway program for students interested in preparing for a future career as a teacher or education paraprofessional (teachers aide or assistant). The following courses have been articulated with WCC:

Course Number Course Title College Credits
EDUC 190 Applications in Education I WCC 1 credit
(1st semester)
EDUC 190 Applications in Education II WCC 2 credits
(2nd semester)


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Career Exploration -The following college courses are designed to assist students in exploring their career options and preparing for internship and co-op experiences.

Course Number Course Title College Credits
CO-OP 180 Preparing for Work-based Learning WCC 1 credit
PSYCH 105 Career Search Process WCC 3 credits


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Early Childhood Education - a pathway program for students interested in preparing for future work in preschools, child care centers, recreation programs and child development centers. The following courses have been articulated with WCC:

Course Number Course Title College Credits
ECE 218 Health, Safety & Nutrition WCC 3 credits
ECE 141 Observation, Assessment, Recordkeeping WCC 3 credits
ECE 104 Basics in Childcare WCC 2 credits
ECE 190 Applications in Early Childhood Education I WCC 1 credit
(1st semester)
ECE 190 Applications in Early Childhood Education II WCC 2 credits
(2nd semester)
HLTH 130 HIV/AIDS for Childcare Providers BTC 0.2 credits
HLTH 105 Pediatric Heart Saver CPR BTC 0.5 credits


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Health Care Services - a pathway program for students interested in preparing for a future career in a health-care related profession. The following courses have been articulated with BTC and WCC:

Course Number Course Title College Credits
HLTH 133 HIV/AIDS for Healthcare Professionals BTC 0.4 credit
BIO 105 Essentials of Anatomy & Physiology BTC 5 credits
MA 112 Basic Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology WCC 3 credits
HLTH 154 Healthcare Provider CPR & First Aid BTC 0.4 credit
MA 101 Medical Terminology 1 WCC 2 credits
NA 101 Nursing Assistant Essentials BTC 3 credits


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Science and Natural Resources

Fisheries / Natural Resource Technology - a pathway program for students interested in preparing for a future career in a variety of fisheries-related occupations with an emphasis in fish culture, aquaculture and environmental protection (stream restoration, water quality, watershed programs, etc.). The following courses have been articulated with BTC:

Course Number Course Title College Credits
FISH 105 Water Quality BTC 1 credit
FISH 111 Salmonid Biology BTC 3 credits
FISH 146 Fish & Shellfish Biology BTC 3 credits
FISH 155 Environmental Awareness BTC 3 credits
FISH 170 Hatchery Operations II BTC 4 credits
FISH 186 Hatchery Operations III BTC 10 credits
NATRS 100 Introduction to Natural Resources GRCC 5 credits


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Coming Soon: Veterinary Technician - a pathway program for students interested in preparing for employment as Licensed Veterinary Technicians. Technicians work in a variety of animal care offices and facilities. Students will study anatomy & physiology, diagnosis, therapy & disease prevention, ethics of animal welfare and occupational safety and public health issues

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Technology and Industry

Building Construction Technology – a pathway program for students interested in preparing for a future career in the construction trades. The goal of the program is that students will learn necessary trade skills, academic competencies and industry/work attitudes to become competent and efficient tradespersons employable in the industry or through self-employment. The following courses have been articulated with BTC:

Course Number

Course Name

College

Credits/Hours

BCT 111

Career Opportunities & Industrial Safety

BTC

1 credit

BCT 112

Construction Materials & Application

BTC

2 credits

BCT 113

Hand Tool Use & Operations

BTC

2 credits

BCT 114

Portable Power Tools Use & Operations

BTC

4 credits

BCT 115

Stationary Power Tools Use & Operations

BTC

4 credits

BCT 116

Building Layout

BTC

3 credits

BCT 117

Concrete & Concrete Forming

BTC

2 credits

BCT 121

Blueprint Reading

BTC

4 credits

BCT 122

Framing Methods: Floor Framing

BTC

4 credits

BCT 123

Framing Methods: Wall Framing

BTC

4 credits

BCT 124

Framing Methods: Ceiling Framing

BTC

4 credits

BCT 125

Framing Methods: Truss Roof Framing

BTC

4 credits


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Electronics/Instrumentation - a pathway program for students interested in computer related careers such as telecommunications, biomedical equipment, computer systems, manufacturing electronics (fiber optics, lasers, robotics), power generation and refinery processes (pulp, paper, food, chemical, metals, etc.).

Course Number Course Title College Credits
ELTR 100 Direct Current I (DC 1) BTC 4 credits
ELTR 105 Direct Current II (DC 2) BTC 4 credits
ELTR 110 Alternate Current I (AC 1) BTC 4 credits
ELTR 115 Alternate Current II (AC 2) BTC 4 credits


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Precision Machining - a pathway program for students interested in preparing for a future career in the computerized machining industry. BTC is a Master Cam Training site with state-of-the-art Computer Numerical control (CNC) machining equipment. Students will learn CAD/CAM theory and skills for continued success in the machining industry. The following courses have been articulated with BTC:

Course Number Course Title College Credits
MACH 101 Machining Technology I BTC 3 credits
MACH 119 Machine Fundamentals - A (not currently available) BTC 5 credits
MACH 131 Blueprint Reading I BTC 3 credits
MACH 241 Introduction to CNC Machining BTC 9 credits
MACH 244 CNC-CAD/CAM Programming and Operations - A BTC 5 credits


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Computer Information and Computer Science Programs - a pathway program for students interested in preparing for a future career in the field of computer technology. Employment opportunities can be found as Computer Network Technicians, PC Support Specialists, Technical Support Representatives, Help Desk Technicians, database management and administration programming technitians, etc.

Course Number Course Title College Credits
IT 112 PC Hardware A+ BTC 8 credits
IT 141 Operating Systems A+ BTC 8 credits
CIS 206 Computer Support I WCC 5 credits
CIS 105 Computer Operating Systems I WCC 5 credits
IT 121 Introduction to Programming BTC 5 credits
CS 101 Computers and Software WCC 5 credits



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Engineering Technology - a pathway program for students interested in preparing for a future career in a variety of engineering-related occupations with an emphasis in the skills of drafting and design. Employment opportunities can be found as engineering aids, drafters, CAD operators, technical illustrators, and designers.

Course Number Course Title College Credits
ENGT 121 Drafting I BTC 6 credits
ENGT 122 CAD I: Basics BTC 6 credits
ENGT 126 CAD II: Intermediate Applications BTC 7 credits


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Welding Technology - a pathway program for students interested in preparing for a future career in the metal trades. Students learn trade safety, blueprint reading, metallurgy, power sources, tools and materials, layout and fitting techniques. Program competencies are aligned with the Association of Building Officials (WABO) Welding Certification Standards. The following courses have been articulated with BTC:

Course Number Course Title College Credits
WLD 216 SMAW Practices -- E6010 BTC 2 credits
WLD 218 SMAW Practices II -- E7018 BTC 2 credits
WLD 223 GMAW Practices -- Steel BTC 2 credits
WLD 225 GMAW Practices -- Aluminum BTC 2 credits
WLD 243 GTAW Practices BTC 2 credits
WLD 246 GTAW Aluminum Practices BTC 2 credits



Students can obtain information about College Tech Prep programs and courses available at your school by visiting the high school counseling department, Career Center or career and technical education program instructors. Or, click here for an on-line SEARCH option to find out which College Tech Prep/Dual Credit courses area available at your school.

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