Tech Prep Credit for Vocational Programs
Hutchinson Community College's involvement in the Tech Prep school reform initiative began in 1994 with the formation of a consortium comprised of unified school districts and private secondary institutions within a four county area surrounding Hutchinson.
A major component of Tech Prep is articulation. Articulation agreements allow students to earn college credit toward an Associate of Applied Science Degree at Hutchinson Community College by taking selected courses at the high school level. Advanced standing credit policies are as follows:
Credit may only be applied toward certificate programs or two-year technical programs. Credit will NOT be applied toward any program designed to transfer to a post-community college institution.
Students must successfully complete the competencies in the high school articulated courses with a final grade of 'B' or better to qualify for college credit.
Upon successful completion of the high school articulated course or courses the student will be given the opportunity to apply as a Tech Prep student. Registered Tech Prep students, in good standing, will have the college credit(s) placed on their transcript during their first semester as a resident HCC student.
The high school articulated courses would be reported on the HCC transcript as a "CR" (credit earned) rather than a letter grade.
No tuition or transcription fees will be charged for articulated credit.
A student may apply up to six credit hours of articulated courses toward a certificate program.
A student may apply up to nine credit hours of articulated courses toward a two-year technical degree program.
Other Tech Prep initiatives include the promoting of career awareness activities, vocational/academic integration, and partnerships with the business and industry communities. Students interested in learning more about the Tech Prep program should contact their high school counselor or the Hutchinson Community College Tech Prep coordinator.