Tech Prep is College Prep for Technical Careers!
Tech Prep is a way to start a college technical major in high school. In a Tech Prep program, you begin your course of study in high school and continue in a community or technical college. The result is a certificate or associate degree in a career field.
Tech Prep programs combine the academic courses needed for success in college AND technical courses that begin to prepare you for a career.
Students in Tech Prep programs can earn college credit through:
- Content-enhanced articulated courses (statewide articulation and/or local articulation);
- Dual credit (concurrent enrollment); and/or
- College Board Advanced Placement (AP)
Tech Prep includes the following key components:
- 6-year educational plans composed of secondary programs of study articulated with technical programs at two-year colleges;
- Academic and technical concepts taught in context;
- Career guidance and counseling;
- Joint staff development activities for secondary and postsecondary teachers, counselors and administrators;
- Joint state agency approval process for Tech Prep programs (6-year plans); and
- A high school transcript code for articulated courses (letter "A") and a PEIMS code to identify secondary students electing to participate in Tech Prep programs.